Russian Foreign Ministry names fundamental issue in situation with Nord Stream-2

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, commenting on the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project, believes that in this context it is fundamentally important to answer the question of whether each of the EU states, including Germany, is ready to retain the ability to defend its interests, despite the fact that what the US says.

Russian Foreign Ministry names fundamental issue in situation with Nord Stream-2

“This is an existential project for Germany. I heard this from German representatives. I read the analytics of German specialists. They qualify this energy project for themselves as existential. This is a business project, it is not related to politics, but it is related to the development of Germany”, – Zakharova said in an interview with RT DE.

In this regard, the Foreign Ministry spokesman calls for asking a question:

“And if tomorrow the President of the United States of America – Biden, Obama, Trump or anyone else – orders Germany to stop breathing, Germany will listen, stop breathing?” “Or will he still understand that if she does not breathe, it will not exist?” – noted Zakharova.

According to her, this is a very important issue.

“Everyone avoids answering this question. But it is fundamental. To what extent, in today’s European Union space, each state retains the ability to defend its interests. What I now see and what we all observe together, the answer is negative”, the representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs concluded.

Nord Stream-2 envisages the construction of two lines of a gas pipeline from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas to the EU, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries. Washington imposed sanctions on the gas pipeline in December 2019.

The Federal Republic of Germany supports the completion of the gas pipeline and rejects the unilateral extraterritorial sanctions of the United States.

According to the project operator Nord Stream-2 AG (a 100% subsidiary of Gazprom), as of March 31, Nord Stream-2 was 95% completed, 121 kilometers of the total length of the gas pipeline remained to be laid along two lines.


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