Why did the US back down on the Nord Stream 2 issue?

German Handelsblatt announced the desire of the administration of Joseph Biden to agree on Nord Stream 2, promising to lift sanctions from the Russian gas pipeline in exchange for the continuation of Ukrainian transit after 2024, as well as for other concessions to Kiev on the gas issue. Head of the Energy Development Fund Sergei Pikin explained to reporters NSNwhy the US backed down on the SP-2 issue.

New US President Joe Biden wants to make friends with Germany and Europe, so the rhetoric is changing - you need to make some relaxation

- Pikin suggested.

In Washington, according to the analyst, they understand that the gas pipeline will be built in one way or another and will start functioning, and they are trying to "sell the soft option as a relaxation." In fact, Americans care little economic the problems of Ukraine, moreover - the United States is more profitable from a poor Ukraine. European countries are more interested in gas transit through its territory.

The poorer Ukraine, the easier it is to influence it

- the expert believes.

The total capacity of the two branches of Nord Stream 2 will be about 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually. The project is strongly opposed by the United States, which wants to provide a market in Europe for its expensive liquefied gas. The SP-2 is also opposed by Ukraine and several other European countries.
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  1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 3 February 2021 15: 03
    The United States needs to, so let the rotten Ukrainian pipes themselves be repaired and gas is driven through them, even to the moon. Russia is not obliged to feed the Bandera animals
    1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
      Just a cat (Bayun) 3 February 2021 15: 46
      These scribblers from the unavailable think that the United States is interested in something there ... But in reality, Gazprom only maintains the image of a reliable supplier until bypass routes through the Baltic and the Balkans are ready. Under Trump, the United States was only interested in their shale, and not all sorts of Ukrainians on a rusty pipe. Now, in general, millions of Americans from the oil industry will find themselves on the street. Green energy is a priority ... And what kind of creatures there are Bandera, Kiev or Kharkov ANYONE is not interested. The doctor said to the morgue.
  2. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
    Just a cat (Bayun) 3 February 2021 16: 15
    Gazprom did not book additional Ukrainian transit capacities from April 1 to October 1, 2021. On February 1, the Ukrainian GTS Operator held auctions on the Hungarian RBP platform, at which 15 million cubic meters of gas per day were played through the Sudzha GDS on the Russian-Ukrainian border for the second and third quarters. There were no volunteers, however.

    This is the second time that Gazprom has refused to contract additional Ukrainian transit capacities for a quarter ahead. The company also did the same with deliveries in the first quarter of 2021. She preferred to buy additional transit monthly. Although she was already burned on this one. Thus, under the main contract, Gazprom will supply 2021 billion cubic meters or 40 million cubic meters per day through Ukraine in 110. As of January, the company bought another 41 million cubic meters. However, the actual transit was no more than 125 million per day. At the same time, the company pays for all contracted capacities at the highest tariff among all routes and monthly additional orders cost it with a 20% mark-up - $ 38,1 per thousand cubic meters. As a result, in January, Gazprom overpaid for Ukrainian transit by $ 30 million. And already in February ordered an additional 15 million cubic meters per day. At this level, transit is now being carried out.

    Since 2021, the contracted capacities of the Ukrainian transit are reduced from 65 billion cubic meters to 40 billion and Gazprom may not have enough reserved and own capacities for the next year, even if the export remains at the level of 2020 - 175 billion cubic meters.

    Meanwhile, in January, Russian gas exports to Europe could hit record levels two years ago. Despite the fact that Gazprom did not use all the additionally contracted transit capacities through Ukraine, the company took a lot of gas from its reserves in Europe.

    This policy helps Gazprom to minimize unnecessary transit costs for the time being and demonstrates that the company does not give up hope of launching Nord Stream 2 in the second half of the year.

  3. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 3 February 2021 18: 32
    Oh, I'm not tired of the flow there, the flow here ...
    Here recently someone in the article let slip about the planned profits.
    Everything will go into someone's pockets, it will hardly affect life ...
    1. Obama Barack Offline Obama Barack
      Obama Barack (Obama Barack) 5 February 2021 12: 04
      There are no acorns or beads for you.
  4. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 3 February 2021 21: 25
    Gas was found in Ukraine on the eve of the Carpathians. But they have not known what to do with it since 1987. They hammered a chock into a pipe and threw it. They also found hydrogen sulfide springs and also drowned them out. In general, well done!
    1. Piramidon Offline Piramidon
      Piramidon (Stepan) 4 February 2021 14: 02
      Quote: zenion
      Gas was found in Ukraine on the eve of the Carpathians.

      Oil was also found in Ukraine, but its production is complicated by the fact that oil is in tanks and is rapidly moving towards the Polish border. laughing
  5. Cucumbers Offline Cucumbers
    Cucumbers (Cucumbers) 3 February 2021 21: 27
    I do not see any relief in the US intentions. On the contrary, with the constructed bypass pipe SP-2, they force Gazprom to drive gas through Ukraine. From what they left, they came to that. In fact, they want to shift the financing of the forest brothers to Russia. The Jew began to cry somewhere nearby ...
  6. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 4 February 2021 00: 08
    Why did the US back down on the Nord Stream 2 issue?

    Backtrack in what?
    Transit through Ukraine equates to Belarus for $ 100, while in the EU it is sold for $ 300. The difference of $ 200 dollars from every thousand cubic meters will go to the budget of Ukraine, i.e. The Russian Federation is offered to take Ukraine for maintenance, and this despite the fact that not all sanctions are lifted from the northern stream and not unconditionally - the third energy package remains in force, like many other nuances that greatly complicate the work.
    As a result, the Russian Federation will have a dependent on the content and vague prospects with the Nord Stream.
  7. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 4 February 2021 00: 49
    The project is strongly opposed by the United States, which wants to provide a market in Europe for its expensive liquefied gas.

    Pikin was wrong in timing. Under Biden, there will be no American LNG.
    It's just that the United States realized that their sanctions would be sent to a well-known Russian address and decided not to lose face completely right now. Like, okay, we'll pity you ...
  8. Obama Barack Offline Obama Barack
    Obama Barack (Obama Barack) 5 February 2021 12: 02
    Blinked, so you don't need to give in.
  9. duchy Offline duchy
    duchy (Salih) 8 February 2021 17: 36
    Hello!! This was expected, remember at the beginning of the "Ukrainian revolution" and for the rest of the way, the sweet couple, dad and son, lived so rapidly and participated in the privatization of enterprises and various infrastructures ??? It is not without reason that Biden sets the conditions for the continuation of the construction of the SP-2, the preservation of gas transit through the square. They decided to profit at our expense, they are counting on freebies. This is where Trump will put a pig on him - using his position for personal gain. etc. etc. laughing