US Pushes More Before Nord Stream 2 Launch

A dispute over the Nord Stream 2 project has been largely dictated by the interests of Washington, Mr Klaus Ernst, the head of the Bundestag Committee on Economics and Energy said.

Mr Ernst said at the international conference “Perspectives of Russia-EU Energy Cooperation: The Gas Aspect, ” “Obviously, Nord Stream 2 would be a cheaper alternative compared to the existing Ukrainian transit via the Ukrainian pipeline system. The US’ interests play a major role in the existing conflict because it would like to supply large amounts of its liquefied gas to Europe.”

According to him, the US stance “fundamentally contradicts European and German interests.”

He said that “We know that the extraction of this gas is bad for the ecology, we know that in many aspects there is a more environmentally friendly gas from Siberia.”

In this regard, he pointed out that the European Commission’s proposal to extend the EU’s internal energy market rules to control the gas pipeline “corresponds more to American, rather than European interests.”