The European Commission will not be able to stop the construction of the Nord stream-2 gas pipeline, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is sure, Handelsblatt reports.
According to her, although the new gas directive gives more opportunities to the European Commission to appeal the project, it will not prevent the construction.
Merkel recognized that the main reason for the problems of the pipeline under construction is the situation around Ukraine. According to her, it should remain a transit country, despite the “Nord stream-2.” The German Chancellor said that she has already announced this to Russian President Vladimir Putin and intends to discuss it with the new President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky.
Merkel stressed that this is not a purely German project, as it also involves French, Austrian and Dutch companies. According to her, against the background of the refusal to use coal fuel in the electric power industry and the reduction of gas supplies from the Netherlands and Norway, Germany needs at least a temporary replacement.
The “Nord stream -2” gas pipeline is laid on the bottom of the Baltic Sea to connect Russia and Germany. It is planned to launch at the end of 2019, but the Russian side has allowed the deadline to be postponed due to the position of Denmark, which has become the last country that has not yet issued a permit for the construction of the gas pipeline.