Germany promises not to change position on Nord Stream - 2 under Biden

12:33, 28 December 2020
Germany promises not to change position on Nord Stream - 2 under Biden Photo: Jens Büttner/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB/Global Look Press

The German authorities do not intend to change their position on completing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under Joe Biden's administration in the United States, said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

He noted that the European country shares the US views on 'central strategic and geopolitical issues.' However, positions are still different on several key topics, Politics Today reports.

We will not have to talk about European sovereignty if this means that in the future, we will do everything just the way Washington wants it, Vzglyad quotes Maas.

The Nord Stream 2 project involves two 1220 km long pipeline strings, each from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. It was initially supposed to be completed by the end of 2019. However, Allseas recalled its pipe-laying vessels from the Baltic Sea for fear of US sanctions. Russia has decided to complete the project independently and resumed the construction of Nord Stream 2 despite the US sanctions. Fortuna's pipe-laying barge has already started work on the unfinished section of the gas pipeline in German waters. Construction may finish within a few months.

In 2020, the United States increasingly sought to force the German authorities to revise their energy policy and abandon cooperation with Russia.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said earlier that the German authorities' attitude to the Russian gas project Nord Stream 2 had remained the same over the past years, regardless of foreign policy circumstances.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, is confident that Nord Stream 2 will be completed and put into operation, despite attempts by ill-wishers to disrupt the project. According to First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov, many European countries that buy gas, including Germany, are interested in the gas pipeline.