The issue of the Nord Stream 2 was not included in the coalition agreement between the SPD, the Greens and the Free Democrats because of fundamentally different positions - discussions are still ongoing
Disputes over the Nord Stream 2 in the new German government make its launch unlikely before the end of winter - given that the certification process has been suspended as European Truth reported citing Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk.
According to Melnyk, the issue of Nord Stream 2 was not included in the coalition agreement between the SPD, the Greens and the Free Democrats because of fundamentally different positions. Its launch is still a topic of contention between the political forces that formed the coalition government.
"After the creation of the coalition, the contradictions in the positions of these parties are again evident. The Green Party opposed Nord Stream 2 from the first days, considering it a geopolitical project, unnecessary from an economic point of view, and harmful from an environmental point of view. The Social Democrats say the pipeline has already been built, so we can't bury it at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Now this dispute is coming to the surface - and this gives us a chance," Melnyk believes.
In his opinion, the certification of the pipeline is unlikely to be completed before mid-2022.
Melnyk is sure that even the reduction of gas supplies by Russia will not force the EU to abandon the certification procedures.
As it was reported earlier, the construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was completely finished as of the morning of September 10. Work on laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline began in 2018. Its length is 1,230 km. The pipeline is expected to supply 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually from Russia via the Baltic Sea to Germany.
Meanwhile, German Vice-Chancellor, Federal Minister of Economy and Climate Protection Robert Habeck supported the decision of the federal government not to interfere in the approval of the Nord Stream – 2 gas pipeline and consider it only from a legal point of view.