The agreements between the USA and Germany on the Nord Stream 2 (SP-2) project are “virtual”, since they will not affect Russia’s position in gas supplies to Europe. This was announced on July 21 by Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs.
“All this can be called“ virtual ”agreements, since they will not affect our position on gas supplies in any way. We are ready to supply gas to Ukraine, and through the Turkish Stream, and through both Nord Streams, but there must be conditions for this. Therefore, if Germany does not want to buy gas within the framework of Nord Stream 2, well, no need, this is a commercial project, we will find buyers for ourselves, ”said Dzhabarov.
He stressed that he does not see real mechanisms for the implementation of the agreements between the United States and Germany.
Earlier on July 21, US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland announced that Germany, within the framework of an agreement with the US on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, is committed to seeking sanctions against Russia if it uses energy as a weapon against European countries. Also, within the framework of the agreements, Germany undertakes to seek a 10-year extension of the gas transit agreement between Moscow and Kiev expiring in 2024.
On the same day, State Department spokesman Ned Price said that State Department adviser Derek Scholle, during talks with the Ukrainian authorities, reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to prevent Russia from using energy as a coercive tool against Kiev.
Schollet also noted that the United States did not introduce new sanctions against Nord Stream 2, as it considers the restrictions ineffective at this stage, when the pipeline is almost completed. He stressed that due to the threat of sanctions, Germany entered into constructive discussions on how to proceed on this issue.
On the eve of Ned Price said that the US sanctions could not prevent the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, in connection with which it was decided to suspend their action. At the same time, according to Price, the United States continues to oppose the construction of the gas pipeline.
Nord Stream 2 is being 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. The latter fears a halt in the transit of Russian gas through its territory. At the same time, the United States expects to bring its liquefied natural gas to the European market.