New German Chancellor Olaf Scholz understands that without Russian gas, most of Europe will freeze. On Wednesday, December 22, the deputy of the Landtag of the federal state of Hamburg Olga Petersen told Izvestia, commenting on an article in The Wall Street Journal regarding the position of the head of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany on Nord Stream 2.
“I am glad that Scholz is in favor of certification of the SP-2. Unlike [главы МИД Германии Анналены] Berbock, he understands that without Russian gas, not only Germany, but most of Europe will freeze. This is a commercial project that stabilizes power supply primarily in our country, ”she said.
According to the German politician, it is in the interests of the FRG that gas is delivered to Europe through the Nord Stream 2 pipes as soon as possible.
The day before, The Wall Street Journal noted that Berlin could become another sore spot for Washington, since the new Chancellor Scholz refuses to view Nord Stream 2 as a political project.
The author of the material, Brett Forrest, pointed out that the SP-2 is becoming a potential lever of pressure for the United States. Because the United States, according to the journalist, wants to keep Russia from an allegedly possible invasion of Ukraine.
Forrest drew attention to the fact that Scholz refuses to politicize a private economic project, unlike Washington. At the same time, the journalist recalled that Berbock had already stated about the impossibility of launching the gas pipeline in the event of an aggravation of the situation.
On December 20, Wolfgang Büchner, deputy official representative of the German Cabinet of Ministers, stressed that Scholz considers Nord Stream 2 an economic project. According to Buchner, the German government will work together on all issues related to the gas pipeline.
At the same time, Washington has long opposed the project and has already imposed sanctions on the SP-2 several times, which, as experts pointed out, complicated relations with Germany, which supports the project.
The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was completed on September 10. It was built from Russia to Germany along the Baltic seabed with the aim of direct gas supplies to Europe. The EU countries mainly support the project and participate in its implementation. The Baltic states, Poland, the USA and Ukraine are opposed.