Rahr pointed out three points signaling the negotiations between Germany and the USA "SP-2"
The new President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, agrees to ease the pressure on Nord Stream 2 and is ready to negotiate with Germany on the terms of its completion.
This opinion was expressed by German political analyst Alexander Rahr, commenting on the publication of the Handelsblatt publication, which, referring to US officials, said that Washington began negotiations with Berlin to lift the sanctions imposed on Nord Stream 2 if the German governments fulfill a number of conditions.
In particular, the German newspaper reports that the United States is waiting for a package offer from Germany, which, among other things, will spell out the possibility of blocking the project if Russia starts to put pressure on Ukraine by reducing gas transit through its territory. The United States also believes that new negotiations are needed on the continuation of Russian gas supplies through the Ukrainian gas transportation system.
According to Alexander Rahr, quoted by Vesti.FM, this means that Joe Biden does not want to conflict with Germany over the completion of the Russian gas pipeline and is ready to make concessions.
First, Rahr emphasized, Biden initially stated that he was planning to restore transatlantic relations, and he did not want to start rapprochement with Europe by unleashing a trade war with Germany.
“The second point is the American demands to diversify gas purchases from Russia, so that Europe does not depend only on Russia, have been fulfilled,” the political scientist recalled.
Germany, he said, made every effort to get Russia to agree to continue using the Ukrainian gas transportation system for gas transit to Europe.
Russia has already signed all the necessary contracts with Ukraine and gas flows will continue to flow through its territory. True, these contracts are temporary and will be implemented only if Ukraine modernizes its GTS, which is in a deplorable state, Rahr said.
“The third point is that Germany said that it would build the very terminals for receiving American liquefied gas at its own expense. The only thing that Germany, of course, cannot agree to: it cannot artificially buy liquefied American gas cheaper than Russian gas. The market should decide here, ”the political scientist added.
Earlier in the German press, information appeared that both the German Foreign Ministry and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are ready to discuss these issues with the new American administration, since under the previous US President Donald Trump, Washington did not go to dialogue on this topic at all.
At present, the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, which will directly connect Russia and Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, is 94% complete. It remains for the builders to lay pipes in the Danish waters of the Baltic Sea and in a small section of German territorial waters.
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Author: Alexander Lublinsky