Inside the German media: "Nord Stream 2" will not be stopped


The health of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny began to improve markedly, but the very fact of what happened to him obliges Berlin to make urgent decisions, writes the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.


In Germany, it was with great relief that they took the information that the Russian was on the mend, despite being poisoned by Novichok. This was announced to the publication by the official representative of the German government Steffen Seibert.

The official complained that it had been three weeks since Chancellor Angela Merkel made a harsh statement against Russia, demanding clarification. However, Moscow has so far not reacted to this, ignoring the possible consequences. Moreover, more than a month has passed since the poisoning of the Russian policy, and the Russian authorities never opened a criminal case into what happened to him. At the same time, the Russian media disseminate information that Navalny was poisoned on the way to the Charité clinic or right there.

The concern of Seibert and the government is understandable, but they should not wait for an explanation from Moscow. Recently, in a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian leader Vladimir Putin made it clear, although he did not say directly, that "Navalny poisoned himself."

Therefore, Berlin urgently needs to take independent measures in the form of clear-cut decisions on Nord Stream 2. However, after what happened to Navalny, only those who had previously opposed Nord Stream 2 spoke out against the implementation of the project. There was no change in mood within the ruling political coalition in Germany. The poisoning did not bring new supporters of the pipeline ban.

According to Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz, it is very unlikely that the German government will stop the project. He said that the construction of Nord Stream 2 was not a government initiative, it was an investment of a large number of companies. Most likely, the project will not be stopped.

Unfortunately, we do not know whether Scholz expressed a personal opinion or whether it was the point of view of the German government. Seiber declined to comment, specifying only that the chancellor, vice-chancellor and foreign minister Heiko Maas, who criticized the project, "are in close and good contact." This indicates that Berlin can be limited to only some small sanctions that do not affect the project, summed up its insider German media.
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  1. Cheburashk Offline Cheburashk
    Cheburashk (Vladimir) 24 September 2020 22: 52
    +3
    Moreover, more than a month has passed since the poisoning of the Russian politician, and the Russian authorities have not opened a criminal case on the fact of what happened to him.

    On the basis of what to initiate a criminal case? The Germans were asked, they sent an official request twice for the Germans to share their data on this reptile. There was no answer and no.
    1. g1washntwn Offline g1washntwn
      g1washntwn (George Washington) 25 September 2020 06: 39
      +2
      Seibert works according to the established Russophobic template. Analysis of the flight line by line:

      The official complained that it had been three weeks since Chancellor Angela Merkel made a harsh statement against Russia, demanding clarification.

      - Introduction. We are white and fluffy defenders of democracy

      However, Moscow has so far not reacted to this, ignoring the possible consequences.

      - stuffing a fake about the denial of Russia's requests for materials that are necessary to start an investigation

      Moreover, more than a month has passed since the poisoning of the Russian politician, and the Russian authorities have not opened a criminal case on the fact of what happened to him.

      - an emphasis on imaginary inaction proceeding from the previous one, to create the impression of deliberate ignorance, i.e. presence of malice

      At the same time, the Russian media disseminate information that Navalny was poisoned on the way to the Charité clinic or right there.

      - defense in attack, accuse the enemy of lying to increase emotional pressure on the target audience (in a simple way - translation of arrows)

      There is informational support for our own special operation. From which we can safely assume that the investigation is extremely unprofitable for the West and with a high degree of probability either there was no poisonous substance at all, or it was not Russian and got into the "body" precisely thanks to the Western special services.
      1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
        Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 25 September 2020 07: 44
        -2
        Western intelligence services infiltrated Tomsk?
    2. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
      Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 25 September 2020 07: 42
      -2
      Data in the OPCW, no one closed them from Russia.
  2. And without turning
    heads of heads
    and feelings
    no
    without knowing
    finish building
    Nord Stream
    without any Danes,
    Swiss
    and other
    Swedes ...
  3. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
    Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 25 September 2020 08: 32
    -2
    Well, of course, they are lying, damned Gayropeans, there was no poisoning. Only it is not clear why the Omsk doctors injected Navalny with atropine and treated him further as poisoned with organophosphorus? Well, this is also, of course, the intrigues of the damned West, they put the doctors into confusion with the help of psycho-generators.
  4. joke Offline joke
    joke (Helena) 25 September 2020 11: 07
    0
    International insurers refuse to work with vessels for Nord Stream 2 US sanctions are increasingly narrowing the scope for completing the pipeline.
    An international group of shipowners' mutual insurance clubs, which insures 90% of ships in the world, decided not to work with ships of the Nord Stream 2 project, it follows from its circular. The reason is the current and possible sanctions against the project.

    The International Group of P&I Clubs, or IG P&I, has decided not to provide insurance coverage to ships that may participate in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline (the project company is Nord Stream 2 AG). This follows from a circular issued on behalf of all clubs in the International Group. This decision is expected to further complicate the search for vessels that could complete the subsea gas pipeline.

    “Members [of each of the clubs] must remember that there should be no insurance coverage for ships involved in illegal activities and / or activities that put the club at risk of sanction violations. In light of the direct sanctions threat to insurers posed by the US CAATSA (Countering US Opponents Through Sanctions) and PEESA (European Energy Security) laws, the club will not provide insurance coverage for activities related to the Nord Stream projects 2 or Turk Stream, ”the document says.

    In June 2020, US senators introduced a new bill to Congress that proposes to impose sanctions against companies providing insurance or reinsurance services to ships operating on Nord Stream 2. "If this bill is passed, it will have a serious impact on non-US shipowners, ship operators and their insurers," the circular said.

    The project operator is aware of the solution

    The Turk Stream gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey was officially commissioned in early 2020. The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is supposed to connect Russia and Germany, has not yet been completed - it remains to lay about 6% in the exclusive economic zone of Denmark. Construction work was halted in December 2019 after the US Congress passed the PEESA law, which threatens to impose sanctions on ship operators involved in laying Nord Stream 2 pipes.

    “We are aware of the recommendations of the International Group of Defense and Reparation Clubs (IG P&I Clubs). We cannot comment on the prospective business decisions of potential contractors, as well as the possible consequences of the threats of US sanctions, "the press service of the Nord Stream 2 project company (100% owned by Gazprom) told RBC. They added that "governments and the European Commission should protect European companies from illegal extraterritorial sanctions."

    The International Group's wording is imperative for each club (“The club will not provide insurance coverage ...”), however, individual members of the club “are strongly encouraged to assess and minimize the risks of concluding contracts with Nord Stream 2 and Turk Stream” in order to avoid sanctions risks. RBC sent a request to the IG P&I Secretariat.

    The International Group of Mutual Insurance Clubs is an association that brings together the 13 largest ship insurance clubs (England, USA, Scandinavia, Japan, etc.). The members of the club are mainly ship owners and ship charterers. They annually make insurance contributions to the club fund, from which shipowners' expenses are reimbursed in case of losses due to damage to the health of the crew, loss of the vessel, damage to port facilities, cables, etc.

    The main goal of the International Group of Clubs is the distribution of insurance risks on the basis of a pool agreement and the acquisition of reinsurance in the international pool of the group.

    Nord Stream 2 has never named specific vessels that could take part in completing the pipeline. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak suggested that the pipeline could be completed by the Akademik Chersky pipe-laying vessel. Until the beginning of 2020, it was operated by Gazprom Flot, but then it was removed from its website. Since May 2020, ship safety management services to Akademik Chersky have been provided by Temryuk Trans Marine LLC, follows from the Equasis database.

    Gazprom Flot is a member of the London UK P&I Club, a member of the International Group of Clubs, follows from the information on the UK P&I Club website. There, for example, the ship "Akademik Golitsyn", owned by "Gazprom Flot", is insured. However, "Akademik Chersky" is not in the registers of mutual insurance clubs. Previously, the ship was insured by the SOGAZ company, however, as of the end of June 2020, SOGAZ was no longer the insurer of Akademik Chersky, the press service of the company specified to RBC.

    The clubs of the International Group provide insurance for about 90% of the world tonnage of sea vessels, indicated on the association's website. The remaining 10% of the market is covered by several commercial insurance companies.

    Completing the project will be even harder

    The recommendations of the International Group significantly complicate the search for vessels that can work on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, says a source of RBC in the insurance market dealing with marine insurance (he wished to remain anonymous, citing the sensitivity of the Nord Stream 2 insurance topic). According to him, any country makes a condition of access to its port waters on the ship owner's liability insurance. If the insurance / reinsurance capacity of international clubs is unavailable, the vessels that will lay the Nord Stream-2 pipes will be able to insure liability “only in a very limited commercial market,” says the source of RBC.

    In his opinion, the terms of insurance and liability reinsurance are probably spelled out in the agreement on Nord Stream-2. And if it contains a condition on the amount of coverage for several billion dollars, then international reinsurance may be required.

    The newsletter published by mutual insurance clubs illustrates a typical example of the risk-averse behavior of private companies when it comes to sanctions, Maria Shagina, an expert on sanctions at the University of Zurich, told RBC. The publication details the sanctions risks associated with the application of CAATSA / PEESA laws, as well as the possible adoption of an additional PEESCA law, which contains sanctions against ship insurers for Nord Stream 2. “This behavior of private companies meets the expectations of US legislators: while Congress is negotiating the PEESCA bill , the existing CAATSA law and its interpretation by the US Department of State will deter companies from any participation in the project. "

    https://www.rbc.ru/economics/23/09/2020/5f69e6b39a794751d9e40022
    1. g1washntwn Offline g1washntwn
      g1washntwn (George Washington) 25 September 2020 13: 20
      +1
      Quote: gein
      A newsletter published by mutual insurance clubs illustrates ...

      ... fears of insurance companies to incur losses from deliberate damage to vessels participating in the completion.
      Both variants of the reaction of companies to any CAATSA is their tacit recognition as a mechanism of unfair competition. In Russian - weapons. And its application is an open declaration of war with voicing threats not only towards Russia, but also towards its own allies and satellites.