The Nord Stream II pipeline is a natural gas delivery system to bring Russia gas to the German shore under the Baltic Sea. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. U.S. President Trump has mocked the Germans for constructing the pipeline, saying it will enhance German dependence on Russian gas, all the while sanctioning Russia for its malign behavior worldwide.
Germany pays little for its own defense and is the strongest economy in Europe.
Today, the European Parliament issued a report essentially agreeing with POTUS.
“Russia and the EU will remain key economic partners in the foreseeable future, but Nord Stream 2 reinforces EU dependency on Russian gas supplies, threatens the EU internal market and is not in line with EU energy policy, and therefore needs to be stopped,” the report says, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
“The EU’s dependency on Russian gas supplies has increased since 2015,” according to the report.
“The deepening of EU integration and coherence between its internal and external policies is the key to a more coherent, effective and successful EU external and security policy, including vis-a-vis Russia.”
It remains to be seen if this resolution has any teeth or while impact German behavior in any way. Berlin says it considers Nord Stream II to be a ‘commercial project’.