Candidate for the post of Minister of Economy of Germany called SP-2 a non-profit project

Co-chairman of the German Green Party in Germany, Robert Habek, who was nominated as a candidate for the post of Minister of Economy of Germany, on November 25 criticized the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline for its non-commercial nature.

Nord Stream 2 has never been a purely private sector project […] This is a strategic project that puts pressure on Ukraine and increases the dependence of German politics, ”he told the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

In the new German government, Habek is expected to head the Ministry of Economy and become Vice-Chancellor. His colleague Annalena Berbock will become the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. FDP leader Christian Lindner will head the finance ministry.

The day before, on November 24, the red-yellow-green union (Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and Free Democrats (FDP)) presented the text of a coalition agreement called the Alliance for Freedom, Justice and Sustainability. The SPD will receive six positions, including the post of chancellor, which will pass to Olaf Scholz.

On November 23, the United States Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the Cyprus-based Transadria and the Marlin vessel, which are linked to Nord Stream 2. At the same time, according to the publication Foreign Policy, the administration of US President Joe Biden, through its Democratic supporters in Congress, is seeking to exclude sanctions against SP-2 from the country’s defense budget.

In response, Bundestag member of the Union 90 / Greens party Omid Noripur said that new US sanctions against SP-2 are unacceptable. He noted that he and his party have always fought against the gas pipeline project, but called the sanctions a wrong decision.

In turn, the deputy of the Bundestag from the party “Alternative for Germany” Steffen Kotre told Izvestia that the introduction of new sanctions is another attack on free world trade in violation of international law. The sanctions must be lifted immediately, he stressed.

On November 16, the German regulator suspended the certification of Nord Stream 2 AG as an independent operator of SP-2. According to the regulator, it will be possible to continue certification when a subsidiary company for the German part of the pipeline is created in Germany. The German Ministry of Energy called the suspension of certification a regulatory issue and an intermediate stage in this procedure, adding that this will not affect the energy supply of Germany in any way.

The construction of SP-2 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 United States and Ukraine are opposed.

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