The company of grave diggers of Nord Stream 2, which initially includes the USA, Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic countries, may soon be replenished with another member.
In any case, the British parliamentarian Daniel Kavchinski said that it was his country that should “bury this project” completely. In an interview with Daily Express, the deputy attacked Germany, accusing her of “betraying” Europe for cooperating with Russia in the construction of a gas pipeline.
rambler without ads According to Kavchinski, every euro that Berlin spends on the import of Russian gas is money that could be spent on diversifying European energy.
He calls on Europeans to follow the example of their small homeland – Poland and to bet on alternative energy suppliers. Instead of, as he put it, to be content with “scraps” from the energy table of Vladimir Putin. In this regard, the parliamentarian believes, “it is difficult to overestimate the scale of betrayal,” which is the case of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet. After all, Germany, as a NATO country, he said, directly contributes to the strengthening of Russian influence by “linking its industrial power” to the Russian energy network.
“We owe it to our allies to regain control of foreign policy, support the US sanctions regime and ensure that Nord Stream 2 is never finished,” Kavchinski said, adding that Britain should “bury the pipeline once and for all.”
I must say that recently this man professed completely opposite views and called not to demonize Russia, but to build a constructive dialogue with it.
In May 2016, Kavchinski, as part of a delegation of British lawmakers, visited our country and admitted then that he was concerned about the deterioration of British-Russian relations. And I would like the tension between the countries to subside.
Why did the rhetoric of the British parliament suddenly change so much, and most importantly, will Great Britain cope with the role of the gravedigger of Nord Stream 2, which he assigns to it? “Indeed, the British delegation was welcomed very well then, and they appreciated it,” comments Andrei Suzdaltsev, deputy dean of the HSE faculty of world economy and world politics. – Kavchinski is a Pole by birth, and was very proud of being among the members of the House of Commons. For him, it was a very bright phenomenon in his career. And he, of course, in every possible way demonstrates his activity.
Traditionally, the British Parliament is somewhat passive in terms of international relations. They mainly deal with internal problems, which are enough in the UK. That is why Kavchinski tried to consolidate himself in the external arena, choosing the most winning moments.
rambler without ads Please note: he took an anti-sanction position, one might even say that he supported Moscow at the time when Britain announced Brexit. Then it became part of the general trend of supporters of the country’s exit from the EU, which, criticizing Brussels for authoritarianism, also opposed its policy towards Russia – sanctions, demonization, etc. Now the situation has changed. Britain actually withdrew from the European Union. Britain is looking for its place. Looking for new allies. New support and new topics.
“SP”: – Which one? – The influence of Great Britain has long been relative. Yes, it is a nuclear power, and London is still considered a financial center. But the years of prosperity and power are long gone. Therefore, reliance in this case on Washington. But one must also prove to British voters that withdrawing from the EU was the right decision. That the EU is bent without Britain: Germany “betrayed the interests of Europe and sold to Russia” … etc. Therefore, the reversal of this British deputy is completely natural. Such a “reforging” public in the Western media today is quite common. In addition, this is such an operational opportunity to play on the “hot topic”.
“SP”: – “Hot”, for whom? – For Americans, this is a fundamental issue. If we finish building Nord Stream 2, and even launch it, it will be a gigantic defeat for Washington’s entire strategy. At stake is the respect, authority and image of America in Europe. That is, they shouted, imposed sanctions – nothing. Everything acts, works, develops. This is a huge shock … Therefore, Kavchinski hit the mark. In Washington, of course, they will favorably react to his statement. But in reality, the British will not do anything. They have no opportunity to “bury” the project.
“SP”: – As far as it is known, the UK has also been buying Russian gas and Russian oil for a long time, while its security has not been affected over the years. – This is another matter. The heaviest market is the energy market. Because at one end is a supplier, at the other is a consumer. Neither one nor the other can not refuse.
When the price, and pegging, and logistics, in fact, everything is very difficult to change. Pay attention to Lukashenko, who shouts that he will buy oil from almost the whole world. So an American tanker came to Klaipeda.
But still they understand that these are not the right prices, the wrong logistics. Therefore, they will say anything, but our oil and gas will be bought. And great to relate to this. The fears that the West loves to talk about – that Russia supposedly uses its gas as a political weapon, are just an element of the game. I myself remember speaking at a congress in Vilnius in 2007, where they started to wake up this topic – they say, Gazprom, Russian gas slavery … etc.
I then said a simple thing: “Do not buy Russian time if it is so bad.” And somehow they froze, began to shrug, look at each other … The question here, of course, is the price, simply. We must, as they believe, give our resources for nothing.
And it is better that the Americans sell our gas to them – what Khodorkovsky tried to do in his time. Alexander Kamkin, a leading researcher at the Center for German Studies at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, believes that Britain, which has left the European Union, should not teach Germany how to behave:
– In my opinion, we see here a lobbying attempt, possibly by American fuel suppliers, to pull out a kind of information war action.
Of course, this is a very arrogant statement, but fits into the general logic of the Anglo-American tandem. After Britain left the EU, let’s say, the positions of Britain and the USA became even closer in many geopolitical issues. Despite the fact that for many decades we have been talking about a special relationship between London and Washington. Plus, the origin of this deputy is very eloquent. Poland is, let’s say, the most Germanophobic and Russophobic country of the European Union. The only thing they themselves have not decided who they hate more – Germans or Russians. But, in essence, indeed, this informational attack, it is directed against German-Russian economic cooperation.
“SP”: – Nothing that Germany has been “tied” to Russian energy for half a century, and the British Parliament only found out about it? – You are right, from the end of the 60s, from the moment the gas-pipe deal was concluded, the Federal Republic of Germany is actively buying Russian energy raw materials.
But, by the way, the gas-pipe deal itself also went with a great creak and, in particular, the Americans opposed very strongly in the framework of economic sanctions than against the Soviet Union.
Therefore, now the situation can be said to be repeated. As for the consequences of this informational attack, I think that Germany is unlikely to pay attention to the opinion of any Polish-British deputy.
We can say that the information pressure is very great, but it is extremely important for German businesses to have a stable and inexpensive source of supply. Moreover, in light of Germany’s announced withdrawal from nuclear energy, plus the gradual abandonment of coal as an energy carrier, the role of gas, of course, only increases. At the same time, supply stability and economic feasibility acquire a special role.
And here, American liquefied gas cannot be an adequate competitor due to its high cost. Again, relations between the US and the EU are now not in an ideal state. Therefore, I believe that apart from the air shock, this statement will have no consequences.