Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet reported that Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election on November 3 could lead to a gas war in the Swedish vicinity via the Nord Stream pipeline- 2.
|Joe Biden could make completing the Nord Stream-2 project even more difficult.|
The news agency said that Biden’s inauguration could hardly make a difference in Washington’s approach to the joint project between Russia and Europe.
The paper emphasized that when Mr. Biden served as Vice President of the US from 2009 to 2017, he declared that the pipes built under the Baltic Sea would make Europe more dependent on Russian gas.
Svenska Dagbladet also quoted the President-elect of the United States as saying that the best alternative to Russia’s gas supplies for Europe could be the US supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Sweden is believed to be related to the Russian project. The government approved the construction of a section of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline in the Swedish economic zone in June 2018. The newspaper said that this may not cause Stockholm to get caught up in disputes over the Nord Stream-2 project with the US.
However, the issue is not yet resolved at the EU level. This topic has continued to be controversial amid the US’s relentless threat of project sanctions.
Politically, the Swedish newspaper said that Nord Stream-2 can still rely on the continued support of the German Government.
The remarks came days after parliament in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern voted in favor of an initiative proposed by the regional government to establish a special financial foundation to help protect interests. of the members of the Nord Stream-2 from US sanctions.
Washington first imposed sanctions on the project in December 2019, and exactly a year later the US expanded its restrictions, targeting companies providing insurance and certification services. for Nord Stream-2.
In late December 2020, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) news agency that Berlin would not give in to pressure from Washington over the dispute over the Nord Stream-2 even after the United States. transfer of power on January 20.
Referring to the Nord Stream-2, Foreign Minister Maas stressed that Berlin “does not need to talk about European sovereignty if it is understood to be us. [Đức] will do everything in the future the way Washington wants us to. ”
According to Maas, although Berlin hopes for improved US-German relations under the Biden era, controversy remains, including the issue of Nord Stream-2.
“The German government will not change its stance on Nord Stream-2” – German Foreign Minister stressed.
“It is important that we agree on key strategic and geopolitical issues, that we are on the same side of the field” – Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stressed.
For its part, Russia has repeatedly denied allegations from the US and some European countries, saying the project is purely economic and urged the US not to politicize it. Moscow has repeatedly stressed that the US push to sanction the Nord Stream-2 project is nothing more than unfair competition, in violation of international law.