German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that she made a choice in favor of the construction of the gas pipeline “Nord Stream-2. The politician said this during a speech at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
“I am aware of the controversy in connection with Nord Stream-2, I know the position of many PACE member states. As the EU, we have found common ground by changing the gas directive to permit for this pipeline. Anyway, I would like to point out that the gas is not of Nord Stream 2, which is not pumped yet, but Nord Stream 1 gas is no worse than the gas that is in transit through Ukraine, or the gas that comes from Russia via Turkey,” Merkel said.
The chancellor added that Germany made a decision to build the pipeline. She admitted that it is a political struggle.
According to her, Berlin should support trade with Moscow, including in the energy sector. The politician also called to maintain a dialogue with Russia despite disagreements.
The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea was supposed to be commissioned back in late 2019. However, the threat of U.S. sanctions interfered with its completion, and European companies began abandoning the project. In addition to the U.S., Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Ukraine oppose the project.