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DiXi Group expert: Nord Stream 2 was slowed down by three factors

03 January 2020

Russia will now resort to information weapons to complete the pipeline

Russia will now resort to information weapons to complete the pipeline

Three factors helped to prevent Nord Stream 2 pipeline from starting. DiXi Group President Olena Pavlenko wrote this in a blog post.

The first is the principled position of Denmark, to which it was not all the same as to increasing of Russia’s influence on the Baltic States and Germany. For more than a year, the Danish Energy Agency considered a decision to allow a pipe to be laid within its exclusive economic zone – and issued it only at the end of October 2019, when there was too little time for finishing construction.

The second is the Court of Justice’s decision to restrict transit through OPAL gas pipeline, which stated that the full loading of Nord Stream and OPAL violated the principles of energy solidarity and contravened the principles of diversification of sources and routes of supply.

The third is a sanction mechanism against Nord Stream 2 companies, which is included in the US defense budget that led to shut down of laying pipes by the Swiss company Allseas in the Baltic Sea.

However, according to the expert, Russia will continue its efforts to complete the construction of the gas pipeline.

“Although Russian experts and journalists acknowledge that Russia has no sufficient funds to complete the construction of the pipeline, but other Russian weapons are now active – information. Germany is actively being convinced that sanctions affect it in the first place because it is an interference with the country’s internal affairs. This position is already actively articulated by the German government itself. And discussing the issue of Nord Stream 2 at the level of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin means that the search for ways out of the current situation between the parties is ongoing,” Pavlenko said.

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