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German Ambassador to US Says Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Debates ‘Completely Overblown’

© Sputnik / Dmitry Lelchuk / Go to the photo bankPipe-laying vessel Fortuna leaves the port of Wismar
Pipe-laying vessel Fortuna leaves the port of Wismar - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.03.2021
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Germany’s Ambassador to the United States Emily Haber said on Tuesday that the issue of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is given "a completely overblown importance" and will lose its relevance in the coming years as Transatlantic allies are determined to faze out fossil fuels.
"From my point of view, we have attributed it [Nord Stream 2] a completely overblown importance, which it will not have in a long run," Haber said during a virtual conference hosted by the Brookings Institution.

The ambassador noted that both the US and Germany have declared a goal to switch completely to fossil-free fuels by 2050 and in the meantime will be significantly reducing the segment.

The Russian pipelaying vessel Akademik Cherskiy is pictured in the waters of Kaliningrad, Russia. - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.03.2021
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Haber said debates over the Nord Stream 2 project help "a Russian intention to pit Europeans and Transatlantic partners against each other."

US critics of the project tend to overlook what the European Union and Germany did to alleviate concerns about the continent’s reliance on Russian energy supplies, including reversed flow provisions or the trilateral negotiations with Ukraine, she also said.

"I must say, I heard so often ‘You are feeding the beast. You are, Germany is feeding Russian disruptive policies in the Ukraine...’ If that is the argument then we should also factor in the oil imports from Russia that come to the United States," Haber added.

Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture of Russian energy company Gazprom and five European partners, aimed at the construction of a twin pipeline to deliver Russian gas to Germany beneath the Baltic Sea. The project is a target of criticism and sanctions by United States, which calls it a threat to energy security of Europe and Ukraine.

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