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.
last week, Berlin and Paris reached a compromise on amendments to the Gas Directive of the EU. Now 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.
"First, each country can bespripyatstvenno to support the economic and trade relations, which it considers correct." Nord stream - 2 " is the most important private project, which has already approved the majority of the country ", - said the Head of the Ministry.
He also responded to criticism from U.S. President Donald trump, who said about the dependence of Germany on Russia in the energy sector, assuring that Berlin " will never succumb to blackmail ".
the construction of the pipeline involves laying 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 already issued 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.