(News 24h) – Swedish media are concerned about the gas war caused by “Northern Flow-2” when Joe Biden became President of the United States.
The Russian “Northern Stream-2” gas pipeline construction project (Nord Stream 2) involves the construction of two gas pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the coast. Russia crosses the Baltic Sea to Germany.
The United States strongly opposes this project and has imposed sanctions on the above project because it wants to promote the introduction of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) resources to the European Union countries, Ukraine and some other European countries like Poland also objected.
The project is being implemented by the company Nord Stream 2 AG with the only shareholder is Gazprom corporation. European partners – Royal Dutch Shell, OMV, Engie, Uniper and Wintershall – poured half of their funding for construction, with each company spending up to 950 million euros.
Despite US sanctions, in December 2020, the project operator used a tube vessel Fortuna to place one of the two unfinished pipes in German waters. It is this ship that will also install the last unfinished pipeline in Danish waters.
The administration of Donald Trump still uses decisive sanctions to force European companies to abandon the project, but on January 20, 2021, Donald Trump will leave the White House, sparking hope of a change in US policy towards the Nord Stream 2 project.
However, the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet recently had an article that said, should not hope in the “goodwill” of the US for this project, even, the matter may be even worse.
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According to the article, Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election is likely to cause a gas war in the area near Sweden due to the “North-2 flow” project (Nord Stream 2). stress.
The Swedish newspaper stated that Mr. Biden’s inauguration did not signal a change in Washington’s attitude towards the Russian project.
“Quite the opposite, Mr. Joe Biden, if possible, is even more stubborn (to the gas pipeline) than Donald Trump”, – the article wrote.
Journalists reiterated that, since being Vice President, Mr. Biden said that with the pipes under the Baltic Sea, Europe “will depend more and more” on Russia’s green fuel source. The best alternative is to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to Europe.
The article’s authors emphasize that, for Sweden, the issue of “Northern flow-2” has been decided, as of June 2018, the Swedish government has approved the installation of a gas pipeline. passing through the exclusive economic zone of this country.
At the same time, politically, one can be confident that the project “Northern Flow-2” will be consistently supported by the German government. However, at the EU level, the journalists said that this issue is causing political controversy in the context of the threat of US sanctions.
Earlier, German journalist Julian Ropke of the Bild newspaper wrote that German politicians’ hopes for softening US policy on the North-2 Flow gas pipeline following the arrival of Joe Biden will not come true.
Mr. Julian Ropke said that both Democrats and Republicans are equally negative about the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. He also urged the German government to prepare for a sanctions tightening in Washington next year. Biden asserted that Biden was ready to “bury” the North-2 Flow almost complete.