Top candidate for president of the EU Commission wants to block Nord Stream 2

WNM | Apr 23, 2019 at 1:46 PM

WARSAW, April 23 (WNM staff/Newswires) - German politician Manfred Weber, the only candidate for the post of head of the European Commission from European People’s Party (EPP), most influential conservative party in the European Parliament, promised to block the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline if he takes up this post. He said this in an interview with the Polska Times published on Tuesday.

According to him, the Nord Stream 2 project runs counter to the EU interests, since it will increase Europe’s dependence on Russian energy resources.

“We need more independence from Russian gas. As the head of the European Commission, I use all the norms and laws to block Nord Stream 2,” he said.

Weber said: "I am against this project. It is not in the interest of the European Union, because it will increase its dependence on Russian raw materials. And we need more independence from Russian gas. As the head of the European Commission, I will use all provisions to block Nord Stream 2..I will do everything to make it happen. Weber distanced himself from Germany which so far has supported Nord Stream . "I am not a German candidate for the head of the European Commission but a candidate for the European People's Party. Europe is 28 countries. Thinking about Europe, we must think about independence from Russian gas. We have difficult discussions on this subject with French politicians, with German and other European leaders", Weber said.

According to Weber, Russia is an ongoing threat to the EU: "I have no doubt that Russia wants to destabilize European unity. They have already done this in the brexit campaign, we have evidence for it. They use all possible means. They are responsible for the situation in Ukraine. Russia acts in an aggressive way and that is why Europe should be united and react together to this threat. Europe should be ready to introduce further sanctions if needed. There must be a clear signal that Russia's behavior is unacceptable to us."

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The Nord Stream 2 project will consist of two gas pipeline lines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The total capacity of the project is 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The cost of construction is estimated at 9.5 billion euros. The launch of the pipeline is expected in the end of 2019.

The US strongly opposes the new gas pipeline from Russia to Europe. Washington has repeatedly threatened to impose sanctions on the project and its European participants. According to the Russian authorities, this may be due to an attempt to increase the supply to Europe of American liquefied natural gas, which is significantly more expensive than the Russian pipeline.