Bulgarian press: Nord Stream 2 will give Russia power over Europe

Nelly Hristova writes about the prospects of a possible shutdown of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on the Dnes.bg portal (Bulgaria). The article even voiced a rather bold opinion that the pipeline would literally give "free Europe" to the mercy of the Russian leader.

Critics of Nord Stream 2 point out that it is not so much about the creation of additional capacities as about the transfer of the current main route of Russian gas to Europe, which now passes through Ukraine. Others say this is an exaggeration, and if Russia uses gas as a geopolitical weapon, Europe has many alternative suppliers.

- notes the author of the article.

Ukraine fears that a bypass gas pipeline from Russia to Europe will deprive it of much-needed transit fees, which now give it as much as 4% of its GDP. Kiev also says the pipeline will multiply Russia's power and share in the European gas market and therefore give Putin a chance to "put Europe's foot on its throat." The pipeline's throughput capacity is 55 billion cubic meters per year, which is more than half of the 95 billion cubic meters of gas consumed by the Germans in 2019.

Ms Khristova recalls that the administration of United States President Joe Biden is ready to allow the completion of Nord Stream 2 in exchange for rapprochement with Germany against China.

However, two forces, the Republicans in the States and the German Greens, will try to stop the project, one way or another.
Also, the pipeline may fall under the bans of the European Commission, which has its own requirements.

The article argues that the Germans' view of Russia is a mixture of romance and pragmatism. On the one hand, this is a feeling of guilt for the Second World War and gratitude for a peaceful reunification. But there is also a clear understanding of what Germany has Technology, and the Russians have resources. These two components complement each other perfectly.

There are other reasons for maintaining a relationship.

The burned bridges strategy is not only wrong, but also dangerous, as it will push Russia towards close economic and military cooperation with China.

- asserted the former German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

In addition, the opinion was expressed in Germany that natural gas is necessary if the country has already given up coal and nuclear energy. At least gas is needed for the transition period.

As for Ukraine, it will be disappointed. In the end, when creating the AUKUS alliance, some Western countries sacrificed the interests of the much more important France.
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  1. Bakht Online Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 25 December 2021 11: 55
    Also, the pipeline may fall under the bans of the European Commission, which has its own requirements.

    Strange rules and prohibitions of the European Commission. They concern only the SP-2 gas pipeline. All other gas pipelines are not subject to these prohibitions. For some reason, EastMed and Poseidon gas pipelines received an exception from these requirements.
  2. Valera75 Offline Valera75
    Valera75 (Valery) 25 December 2021 12: 28
    They are dependent for a long time and smart people in Europe understand this. And if they curtail the sp-2 project, then the very first winter will force them to remove all restrictions from the existing pipelines and crawl on their knees to ask to revive the sp-2. Gas consumption in the coming years in Europe will only grow I would even like the sp-2 to be in limbo until next winter, it is interesting to see what the officials are capable of in Europe. The Germans are already teaching their own frost how to warm themselves with a candle, and they themselves are selling gas to Poland and the Skakuas at high prices)))
  3. Alsur Offline Alsur
    Alsur (Alexey) 25 December 2021 15: 21
    I don’t understand such conclusions. And why exactly the same Nord Stream (1) did not give this power over Europe earlier, what is it about Nord Stream 2?
  4. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 25 December 2021 16: 58
    Not Russia will be given power, but the United States. The money goes to the common fund there.
  5. Mark Offline Mark
    Mark (Mark) 27 December 2021 12: 25
    Also, the pipeline may fall under the bans of the European Commission, which has its own requirements.

    and the British have already needed laughing
    And Europeans are jealous of Miller.