Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Not the Correct Solution for Energy Supply Disputes, Says Heiko Maas

The German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, said on Thursday that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, backed by Russia is not the right way of solving the dispute over energy supplies.

American President Donald Trump has blamed Germany as being a captive of Russia for its energy supplies and wanted Germany to stop the $11 billion deal of energy supply. The project was regarding the construction of a Russia backed gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea.

To this the German foreign Minister said that issues related to the European energy policies must be decided within Europe and not in the United States. According to Maas, imposing a unilateral sanction against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline supply is just not the right solution.

On the other hand, ever since Russia captured Crimea, Moscow and Berlin have been in an odd position, but in the Nord Stream 2 project all of them have a common interest because it is will be able to double the capacity of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline which is functioning at the moment.

A spokes person of the U.S Embassy in Berlin said that many other states in Europe have also shows dissatisfaction in the planned pipeline project and have also opposed against the plan. The spokes person also said referring to the comments spoken by Maas, that the Parliament of Europe has also slammed the plan of the Nord Stream 2 project and announced for its cancellation recently in the month of December, 2018.

The Economy Minister of Germany, Peter Altmaier said, in an interview in December that, this infrastructure would be constructed by Germany to import LNG and at the moment the authorities were working towards clarifying issues with private investors on some location related issues.

Washington considers Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) as a substitute to the gas from Russia.