Germany is negotiating with the United States over sanctions against “Nord stream-2” but will independently resolve energy supply issues, foreign Minister Heiko Maas said at a press conference in Berlin.
“I will say what I always say in this regard. We do not believe that such extraterritorial sanctions are in accordance with international law. I also stated this in a direct dialogue with my colleague Mike Pompeo. In this regard, we are negotiating with the administration in Washington, and this remains our position,” Maas said, adding that “we in Germany must and will make decisions regarding our energy supply.”
The “Nord stream-2” project involves the construction of a gas pipeline with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. Nord Stream 2 AG implements it with Gazprom as the sole shareholder. European partners-Royal Dutch Shell, OMV, Engie, Uniper, and Wintershall-collectively Finance the project by 50%, that is, up to 950 million euros each.
The project is actively opposed by the United States, which promotes its liquefied natural gas in the EU. The United States in December imposed sanctions against “Nord stream-2,” requiring companies to stop laying the pipeline immediately. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of such work.