So the senator responded to Weber's intention to block the construction of Nord Stream 2 with all his might. According to Kosachev, the politician selects words depending on the public, and his opinion reproduces the logic of NATO during the Cold War, but now for the European Union.
He also noted that he does not see logic in the words of Weber, who believes that creating the pipeline is a political, not an economic, project contrary to the interests of the EU. Kosachev emphasized that Nord Stream 2 diversifies gas supply routes to Europe, reduces the EU's dependence on Ukraine and provides reliable access to cheaper natural gas.
The Nord Stream 2 project provides for the construction of two gas pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year, from the coast of Russia via the Baltic Sea to Germany. It will go through the territorial or exclusive economic zones of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.
Of these countries, the operator "Nord Stream – 2" is leaving to get permission to only build from Denmark.
The project is being carried out by the Nord Stream 2 AG company, of which Gazprom is the sole shareholder. The Russian company will finance the construction by half, the other half being pledged by European partners – Shell, OMV, Engie, Uniper and Wintershall.
Initiatives against "Nord Stream – 2" initiatives are increasingly coming forward as the project comes to an end. Despite the efforts of opponents of the construction of the gas pipeline, 818 kilometers of pipes have already been laid.
Proponents of the project, in turn, are convinced that a new gas pipeline is needed. Thus, in support of the "Nord Stream – 2" stands Germany, which emphasizes the exclusively commercial nature of the project. Berlin has repeatedly rejected claims on the Washington gas pipeline, which is trying to push the expensive American LNG onto the European market.
Austria, interested in the reliable delivery of blue fuel, also spoke for the Nord Stream – 2. In addition, the project is supported by Norway, of which the government holds a 30 percent interest in Kvaerner, one of the contractors.