Viola von Cramon, a German MEP of the Greens party told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that she is outraged about the resumption of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction and called it “a lever of geopolitical influence of Vladimir Putin” and an “anti-European project.”
“What is happening around NS2 in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania region cannot be treated differently than political corruption. I have never seen such a thing. The fact is that Russia tries to influence Germany via various methods, channels and means. Usually, apart from the case of Gerhard Schröder, they are not exactly explicit,” she said.
“It is unthinkable that thanks to Gazprom funds, a foundation was established which allegedly cares about environment protection and promotes this unnecessary pipeline, which is primarily a lever of geopolitical influence of Vladimir Putin,” she added.
Last week, Manuela Schwesig, the PM of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania announced the establishment of the Climate and Environment Protection Fund to support the realisation of the pipeline. According to its statutory documents, the Russian gas giant Gazprom, through the Nord Stream 2 consortium will have a say regarding key personnel decisions within the foundation.
“I am astonished that people do not protest. This is an absolute geopolitical catastrophe. I would like to call on Poland and other countries to raise the alarm, because this is a real disgrace. I would not mind if President Joe Biden laid sanctions. From one side we speak about leaving fossil fuels and we are aware that Moscow is responsible for all hybrid conflicts of recent years and hacker attacks, and simultaneously we voluntarily agree for the construction of the pipeline which is a tool of Kremlin’s influence,” Ms von Cramon said.
Asked if her party would stop NS2 if it enters the ruling coalition in Germany after the autumn election, the MEP was not optimistic. “It might be too late. We are the only party with a consistent opinion about it. But I do not know what will happen by September,” she said.
According to the Danish Energy Agency quoted by the Russian news agency TASS, NS2 pipe-laying will resume on January 15. Its section going through Denmark’s waters will be connected with a shorter one going through German waters, which, the operator claims, was completed over the final days of 2020.
The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is a Russian-German project involving the transportation of natural gas directly from the former to the latter on the seabed of the Baltic Sea. It is being built by Gazprom with financial support from companies from Germany, Austria, France and the Netherlands.
Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic States have all objected to Nord Stream 2. They have argued that the pipeline threatens their energy security and have asked the EC to intervene.