Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Maas and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks at the G7 summit about their position on the construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, but did not work out a common one on this issue.
According to Maas, they exchanged known positions and did not agree on anything (for example, the United States, Ukraine, and the Baltic countries oppose Nord Stream 2, and Germany supports the construction of a gas pipeline), DW reports.
"We have agreed on other foreign policy issues. Germany and the United States are in favor of a specific policy not to create new trenches and not to cause a new conflict between East and West, but to voice clear warnings and consistently adhere to our values—but always remain open to negotiate," Maas added.
Lawsuits against Nord Stream 2 and its blocking
At the same time, the German conservation organization (German Biodiversity Conservation Union—NABU) recently filed a lawsuit in the Hamburg Administrative Court against the project construction in the German economic zone.
According to the organization's website, Nord Stream 2 is destroying the marine flora and fauna in the Baltic Sea. It was also added that in early April, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency had rejected environmentalists' objections to a permit for the construction of the last 16.5 km section of the gas pipeline, referring to the fact that the bird sanctuary it passes through does not matter much for some species of birds that stop there to rest.
The environmental organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe also filed a lawsuit against the gas pipeline construction. While two lawsuits are pending, the permit issued by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency for the construction of the gas pipeline last section, namely until the end of May, is terminated.
Context. We previously reported that Nord Stream 2 could be completed in June 2021. At the beginning of February 2021, its laying was already resumed in Denmark.