The head of the Austrian company OMV, one of the investors of the Nord Stream-2 project, expressed doubt that the pipeline would be completed in the near future.
During a press conference, Rainer Seele expressed dissatisfaction with the weakness of the European politicianswho “cannot defend the European the economy from such extraterritorial sanctions ”and added that OMV does not expect an early resumption of work to complete the construction of the gas pipeline:
The project operator, Nord Stream 2, is working on a plan, but so far they are not ready to present it. We do not think that we can expect an early resumption of construction work.
At the same time, the press service of the parliamentary faction of the Left Party issued a statement by the chairman of the German Bundestag Committee on Economics and Energy, Klaus Ernst, in which he urged the FRG government to demand EU duties on liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States if they impose sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project.
In his statement, Ernst notes that the European companies involved in the implementation of the Nord Stream-2 project did not commit anything, they must be sure that Germany will not leave them to their mercy now.
It is difficult to say to what extent Ernst's appeal will have effect, but the very fact of its appearance indicates that dissatisfaction with the US sanctions policy is growing in Europe.