US strikes at European energy security

13.12.2018

The United States does not abandon stubborn attempts to disrupt the construction of the Nord Stream-2 trunk pipeline, which is currently being laid by leading Russian and European gas companies along the bottom of the Baltic Sea and should work at full capacity in just over a year. And it seems that malicious pipe opponents have a chance, if not to completely freeze the gasket, then once again to beat the nerves of those who have invested in it.

A few days ago, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for a halt to the construction of Nord Stream II. The document emphasized that the gas pipeline is a political, not an economic project and allegedly poses a "threat to European energy security."

In fact, the European deputies reiterated all the accusations against the joint project of Gazprom and a number of leading European energy companies, which were initially voiced by Washington and its most loyal sixes in the Old World. Literally on the eve of the vote in Strasbourg, the US House of Representatives made another attack on Nord Stream 2, unanimously speaking about the need to counter the project and impose sanctions against it. Despite all the declarativeness of these statements and resolutions, the fact that the pressure on the main European actor and beneficiary of construction - Germany - is increasing every time should be stated.

Ukrainian factor

The main “sufferer” from the gas pipeline stretching from Russia to Germany is Ukraine, through whose territory the Russian “blue fuel” is currently supplied to Europe. According to the estimates of Naftogaz specialists, with the commissioning of Nord Stream-2, Kiev may lose up to 3% of GDP. Therefore, it is not surprising that the main argument of the opponents of the SP-2 is the situation in Ukraine, or rather, the so-called “Russian aggression”.

Let us pay attention to how Washington is trying to use the Ukrainian provocation that took place on November 25 in the Kerch Strait in order to defend its own economic and geopolitical interests. After all, the United States has a direct interest not only in the European gas market, but also in preserving old and acquiring new instruments of pressure on the Old World. And given the complete dependence of the Kiev regime on the US, a completely obvious and logical conclusion suggests itself: the incident in the territorial waters of Russia with the participation of Ukrainian ships was not a purely independent initiative of Poroshenko and his entourage.

How much will Europe lose?

However, Ukraine is just an object of geopolitical confrontation and an instrument of pressure. Let us turn to Germany, which is more than anyone else interested in the fact that Russian gas would flow uninterruptedly into the country and would not depend on some third, and even inadequate and unpredictable transit countries.

Undoubtedly, the commissioning of the Nord Stream II, which is expected at the end of next year, is economically beneficial for Germany and other European countries. After all, it was not for nothing that Gazprom, but also German Wintershall and Uniper, Austrian OMV, French Engie and Anglo-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell invested in laying the pipeline. In the event that the United States manages to achieve its own, European companies will have to pay Gazprom a penalty up to 100% of the contract amount - about 4.75 billion euros. However, this is not the most critical losses.

Disruption of imports of “blue fuel” from Russia will lead to a critical dependence of European consumers on the supply of American liquefied natural gas (which, in fact, is sought in Washington). At the same time, according to the most optimistic estimates of economists, the cost of American LNG for Europe will be more expensive than Russian pipeline gas by about 23-25%. This is without taking into account possible price fluctuations. Thus, the rejection of the "Nord Stream-2" threatens Europe with annual losses of up to 3.7 billion dollars.

Unfortunately, the political elite of Germany lacks a consolidated opinion on the implementation of the new gas pipeline from Russia. The most consistent protesters of globalists do not hide their intentions to sacrifice the interests of their own people and state for the sake of transatlantic solidarity. Thus, in February 2018, seven deputies of the Bundestag and the European Parliament from four factions made a joint statement against the construction of Nord Stream II. The informal leader of the German opponents of the gas pipeline is the 46-year-old activist of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) and the European People's Party, Manfred Weber, who claims to be the chairman of the European Commission.

However, the German leadership, represented by Chancellor Angela Merkel, still maintains the previous course aimed at bringing the Nord Stream 2 to practical implementation. However, with increasing external pressure, the situation with the deflection under the overseas "partners" cannot be completely ruled out.

Thus, Europe is faced with a difficult choice, on one side of which are national economic interests and the well-being of its own citizens, and on the other side, the geopolitical and economic interests of the United States, stubbornly unwilling to lose their status of world hegemon and all with great irritation regarding the old European front.