German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze supported the Nord Stream 2 project. In an interview with Welt am Sonntag, she stated that the country cannot immediately abandon coal, nuclear energy and gas. Ms Schulze noted that Germany may face claims for compensation.
“We cannot immediately abandon coal, nuclear energy and gas. We still need natural gas this decade and the next, ”she said. “In addition, we risk facing compensation claims in international arbitration courts if we stop the project,” the minister warned.
Earlier, former German ambassador to the United States and head of the Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger proposed three scenarios in which the construction of Nord Stream 2 could be successfully completed. According to him, the project remains one of the largest foreign policy problems of the FRG and requires an early solution.
The United States opposes the completion of the pipeline. In January 2021, they imposed further sanctions on the project. Now the construction of a gas pipeline from Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany is over 93% completed. Gazprom needs to lay about 160 km of pipe. The company intends to launch the project by the end of the year.
Read about the consequences of the sanctions in the publication of “Kommersant” “Northern Expired”.