Former Chancellor: Merkel defends Nord Stream 2 decision

Status: 06/18/2022 03:05

In a newspaper interview, former Chancellor Merkel defended the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. You bet on such a connection with Russia.

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her decisions to build the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea. “I did not believe in change through trade, but in connection through trade with the second largest nuclear power in the world,” Merkel told Germany’s news network.

But it was not an easy decision. “The thesis at the time was that once Nord Stream 2 is up and running, Putin will stop supplying gas through Ukraine or even attack it.” The West has ensured that gas is still routed through Ukraine and that they continue to receive transit fees.

Merkel pointed out that Russia then attacked Ukraine on February 24, when gas had not yet flowed through Nord Stream 2. “In this sense, gas was not a weapon,” Merkel said.

Liquefied petroleum gas was too expensive for the German economy

Merkel also justified the procedure at the time on economic grounds. “The German economy then chose to transport gas from Russia because it was cheaper economically than liquefied gas from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, and later from the United States,” she explained.

They were willing to use taxpayers’ money to support the construction of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in Germany. “But until the last day of my term, no company built an LNG terminal in Germany because there was no importer to reserve long-term capacity in advance due to the high price.”

For Germany, Nord Stream 1 is the main supply pipeline with Russian gas. Nord Stream 2 was built to bring even more Russian gas to Germany. However, after the Russian offensive war against Ukraine, the pipeline did not go according to plan.

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