Merkel's Successor Calls Nord Stream 2 Necessary for Germany
OREANDA-NEWS. Germany needs the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, and US President Joe Biden has recognized Berlin's right to independently resolve energy supply issues. This was stated by the candidate for Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from the conservative bloc Armin Laschet at the podium discussion organized by the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper.
The politician stressed that he considers the project economic and correct for Germany, since the country is facing a transitional period for the creation of green energy. At the same time, he recalled that Berlin agreed to build a terminal for receiving liquefied natural gas, through which American liquefied gas can be imported.
Speaking about the US position, Laschet pointed to Biden's decision not to impose sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline operator. "The current (US) president acknowledged that this is a German decision and that the sanctions are being lifted. This may be during the visit of the Federal Chancellor (Angela Merkel in the USA - ed.) will lead to a good result, "the politician added.
Earlier Laschet said that when launching Nord Stream 2 and issuing a permit from the EU, it is necessary to set a condition that the gas pipeline cannot be used for geopolitical purposes. He called the project economic, adding that it should not "dehydrate" Ukraine.