Is Nord Stream 2 an EU and German project? Dissonant voices in Europe
Bild refers to the emails of the company representatives, which came to the disposal of journalists.
The German newspaper Bild announced the refusal of Bilfinger SE to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. It is noted that this is the first German company to withdraw from the project..
Bild refers to the emails of the company’s representatives, which came to the disposal of journalists. According to it, Bilfinger SE decided to terminate the agreements with Nord Stream-2 due to fears of US sanctions, which the US authorities notified about last week..
The German media notes that Bilfinger SE had several contracts with Nord Stream 2: in particular, a contract for 15 million euros for the development of security systems for the gas pipeline.
Earlier, the United States imposed sanctions against a participant in the Nord Stream – two Russian pipelayers Fortuna, who in December helped to resume the construction of a gas pipeline in German waters. Prior to this, work was not carried out for almost a year – due to the threat of sanctions. Also, the United States introduced restrictive measures against the owner of the pipelayer KBT-Rus, the Rustanker company and the ships Sierra and Maxim Gorky involved in the construction.
In turn, on Tuesday, Gazprom warned investors about the possibility of freezing the project. The day before, Germany suspended a permit to build a pipeline in its territorial waters due to complaints from local environmentalists.
In 2019, the administration of US President Donald Trump decided to freeze assets and restrict the issuance of visas for companies participating in the Nord Stream 2 project. the sale, lease or provision of pipe-laying vessels for the construction of a gas pipeline, as well as for the provision of insurance coverage for vessels participating in the project.
The Trump administration has repeatedly criticized the Federal Republic of Germany and other European countries for counting on supplies of hydrocarbons from Russia and thereby contributing to the expansion of Moscow’s political influence. In response, the Russian authorities call Nord Stream 2 an exclusively economic project, accusing the United States of political pressure on business.