The Minister of economy of Germany Peter Altmaier in the interview to the newspaper Welt am Sonntag called the EU Directive on the "Nord stream - 2 ""a strong signal" for critics of the project, noting that it is in the interests of Berlin.
"First, each country can bespripyatstvenno to support the economic and trade relations, which it considers correct." Nord stream - 2 " Is, most importantly, a private Project which has already approved the majority of the country ", - said the Head of the Ministry.
Altmaier added that concerns of European countries due to the construction of the pipeline are taken seriously by the German government." The European Union this week demonstrated that it is able to act on this issue together. German-French community worked. This is a very important result, " - said the Head of the Ministry.
According to the head of the Ministry of economy, during the last period of time was " a lot of ideologically motivated opponents regarding this project so important for our energy supply "." The decision this Friday, a broad majority, is a powerful signal to those critics, " said Altmaier.
The Minister also responded to criticism from the U.S. President Donald trump, who said about the dependence of Germany on Russia in the energy sector, assuring that Germany " will never succumb to blackmail ".
before Romania in the form of the head of the Council of the EU introduced a new variant of amendments to the Gas Directive of the European Union, which have the ability to affect implemented by "Gazprom" the project of construction of the offshore gas pipeline "Nord stream-2" and continue the "Turkish stream" to Europe. While the media reported that France wants to oppose the project "Northern stream - 2" in the closest vote in the European Commission.
in the end, the German Chancellor Angela Mergel said that in Europe could come to a consensus on the " Nord stream - 2 ", and Berlin and Paris reached a compromise on amendments to the Gas Directive of the EU. The new edition is that the Project cannot be locked, and all the key decisions for its implementation in the EU will take Germany, because its territory is the final destination of obtaining raw materials.
The project "Northern stream - 2" involves the laying of 2 gas thread with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. Permission for the construction already given, Germany, Finland and Sweden left Denmark.
Against the "Nord stream - 2" are certain countries in the 1st place Ukraine, which fears to lose the income from the transit of gas from Russia, and the United States, promoting Grand plans to export its LNG to the European Union.
in addition, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland jointly stated that they do not approve of the project - their leaders believe that it is political.
Russia has many times urged to accept the pipeline as a tool of influence. According to Vladimir Putin, Moscow refers to the project as economic.