Nord Stream 2 has become completely dependent on the US decision


The situation around Nord Stream 2 is developing according to the worst scenario. After the story of the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Russia, the likelihood that the pipeline will never be completed has increased dramatically. In Europe, and especially in Germany, a fierce политическая fight, but his fate will ultimately be decided in the distant United States, where in November it will be determined which course the "hegemon" will take next.


The affairs of Gazprom in the European direction are bleak. After US sanctions were imposed last December, the unfinished pipeline lies dead at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The Akademik Chersky, driven in by roundabout ways from the Far East, remains under-equipped to independently complete the laying of the Nord Stream-2. In addition, not a single international company is ready to issue him the insurance required by the Danish authorities. The German authorities are eagerly awaiting a new package of sanctions in the US defense budget, which may affect the German port of Mukran and the business, one way or another involved in the project.

Berlin has been trying for a long time to find a compromise with Washington. Die Zeit published a publication that Germany was ready to allocate a billion euros for the construction of two new receiving LNG terminals in Brunsbüttel and Wilhelmshaven in exchange for the fact that the Americans would not obstruct Gazprom. By itself, this news for the domestic monopolist, it does not bring anything good either, since these terminals will certainly be built only with signed contracts for the purchase of guaranteed volumes of gas. That is, Russia, even at best, would lose a large share of the European market, but Chancellor Merkel and President Putin could save face.

Now everything will depend on the outcome of the elections in the United States of America. If President Trump wins, he will likely continue to finish off Nord Stream 2. If Democrat Joe Biden takes revenge, some compromise options may appear. Meanwhile, the specialized edition Politico has already begun to advise Germany on how it can "merge" the joint project with Russia. Let's list these options:

At first, Berlin may revoke previously issued permits for the construction of the pipeline.

Secondlyafter waiting for the completion of construction (if the Americans allow it), revoke the license for its operation.

Thirdly, the German authorities may follow the lead of the "environmentalists" who will sue Gazprom for the fact that Nord Stream 2 contributes to "global warming." It is worth noting that it is the leaders of the German party "Soyuz-90" / "Greens" who are the loudest against this project.

At lastBerlin can “wash its hands”, clinging to the case of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, and let the United States crush Nord Stream 2 on its own. So far, this is the most working scenario with the lowest reputational costs.

It should be remembered that the unilateral refusal of Germany from the gas pipeline will give the right to sue the pipeline operator Nord Stream 2 AG. More than a hundred companies are involved in the construction, half of the investments were made by European corporations. Someone will have to pay for the failure of the joint energy project, and Berlin is clearly interested in “turning the arrows” on someone.
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  1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 17 September 2020 15: 31
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    The most rotten thing in this situation is that no one will answer for this. Putin does not give up his own people for lack of education. But the population for the stupidity of the authorities, with their "wallet" will pay while Putin "rules".
    1. Yuri Nemov Offline Yuri Nemov
      Yuri Nemov (Yuri Nemov) 18 September 2020 15: 42
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      What does the lack of education have to do with it? This gas pipeline is needed by both Russia and Germany, even an uneducated hedgehog understands this. We want to sell gas bypassing Ukraine and not feed the Bandera people with its transit. Germany to buy cheap gas. It is only not clear to impenetrable steelworkers, and to the Americans who have crushed Merkel for themselves.
  2. AICO Offline AICO
    AICO (Vyacheslav) 17 September 2020 16: 12
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    They brought the country - to grovel before such carrion !!!
    1. Yuri Nemov Offline Yuri Nemov
      Yuri Nemov (Yuri Nemov) 18 September 2020 15: 44
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      Are you talking about Germany? Russia does not grovel, but Merkel is crawling at the feet of the Americans.
  3. Cudgel Offline Cudgel
    Cudgel (Dubina) 17 September 2020 18: 35
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    Putin in World and European politics is infinitely small, no one reckons with the Kremlin Swindler! The Foreign Ministry of any country will snap on his nose, but he will only rub himself off.
    And here, too, without the machinations of the Center of the Electoral Commission, he is nobody.
    1. Yuri Nemov Offline Yuri Nemov
      Yuri Nemov (Yuri Nemov) 18 September 2020 15: 45
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      Only the club thinks so. But in fact, the opposite is true.
      1. Cudgel Offline Cudgel
        Cudgel (Dubina) 18 September 2020 17: 35
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        In addition to the words "all the way around", there are facts that someone is considered a swindler? The Turks got out of Idlib, the Americans lifted the sanctions and released Bout, returned the property of the Foreign Ministry and much, much more. Even the political mongrels of the Balts and Poland click our nose, but he just wipes himself off.
  4. IT IS NECESSARY TO SELL LNG, BUT ABOUT THE PIPES am
    1. Yuri Palaznik Offline Yuri Palaznik
      Yuri Palaznik (Yuri Palaznik) 19 September 2020 14: 17
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      The main thing is not to impose. You must always give what you ask for. Nobody needs the uninvited. Let them figure out what they want. Need LNG? You are welcome! American LNG? Yes, take it. They know how to count money.
  5. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 18 September 2020 02: 00
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    Finally, Berlin can “wash its hands” by clinging to the case of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and let the United States crush Nord Stream 2 on its own. So far, this is the most working scenario with the lowest reputational costs.

    -Yes ...- cheap and angry ...
    -And for Merkel (with her pathological hatred of Russia) ... - this is just a balm for the soul ... - There will be something for the grandmother to remember in her retirement ... - how she hurt Russia ... - with all the fibers of her infernality ...
    - One can only imagine ... - what kind of filth and hatred this elderly person will begin to pour out on Russia, when she no longer needs to create, at least some decency, the rules of which she is obliged to observe today by the post she holds ...

    It should be remembered that the unilateral refusal of Germany from the gas pipeline will give the right to sue the pipeline operator Nord Stream 2 AG. More than a hundred companies are involved in the construction, half of the investments were made by European corporations. Someone will have to pay for the failure of the joint energy project, and Berlin is clearly interested in “turning the arrows” on someone.

    - Why bother with it ... - the permanent eternal "switchman" is already known ... - I won't even say ... - who is it ...
  6. colyanpirogov Offline colyanpirogov
    colyanpirogov (Nikolai Pirogov) 18 September 2020 15: 22
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    Marzhetskiy is on fire this time ... Nobody hates him! Only fools, as always, switched to Putin, as in a rhyme - the cat abandoned the kittens - it's Putin's fault! laughing
  7. Yuri Palaznik Offline Yuri Palaznik
    Yuri Palaznik (Yuri Palaznik) 19 September 2020 14: 11
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    Reading the ads for the sale of houses, I am amazed at the quantity: "stove heating", "electric heating", "liquefied gas heating", "gas passes near the site." And if it becomes possible to supply gas to the house, then the connection price may be more expensive at home. If Europe needs gas so much, then let them finish building this pipe. Otherwise they are already confusing a gas pipeline with a gas river. Russia already owes them.
  8. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 20 September 2020 19: 52
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    an uneducated hedgehog understands

    You yourself are an uneducated hedgehog! If I'm wrong, prove and explain. And I can be rude too.

    Only fools, as always, switched to Putin.

    Something rather weak argument for the protection of Putin! Or you, like Putin, are not capable of participating in debates in terms of education. Only enough brains for rudeness.?
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  9. hlp5118 Offline hlp5118
    hlp5118 (Hlp) 3 October 2020 07: 26
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    How was it possible to start construction without permits and licenses along the entire route of the gas pipeline. On ABOS? Now everyone has buried their heads in the sand. And an ordinary citizen of our country will have to pay. And all local leaders are waiting for the next, multi-million dollar award.