Prime Minister Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (M.V.) Manuela Schwitzig, together with the Russian ambassador to Germany, Sergei Nishayev, visited the transshipment terminal of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Lübmen near Greifswald. Nechev said after the meeting that Russia expects to complete the NS2 this year.

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About 100 kilometers of the gas pipeline has yet to be laid

Nicaev said that about 100 km of the gas pipeline had yet to be laid. US sanctions have delayed the project several times, but construction has been underway for several weeks on the pipeline route, which will be around 1,200 km long when completed. A second pipelining unit has been operating to the bottom of the Baltic Sea off the coast of Denmark since Monday.

The Russian ambassador and Schwartz visited the loading terminal to see the progress of the construction works. Correspondents were not accepted. After the meeting, they made a short statement – to inform the NDR station portal.

Notable words of the Prime Minister of the State: Dialogue does not mean withdrawing support for the other side

Schwarzig made it clear once again that she supports the project:

We see that this pipeline is especially important because it strengthens the economic relationship between the MV and Russia

– She said.

Part of our mutual partnership is precisely that we support the projects that bring us together, but that also means talking openly about what we disagree on. This is what I mean by dialogue. Dialogue does not withdraw support from the other side

– The Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania said in the context of growing criticism of Russia after Alexei Navalny was sentenced to prison, also in Germany.

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Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania maintains close economic ties with Russia. However, with EU sanctions against Russia, which Germany is also backing, relations have soured. The Russian ambassador said gas should be taken care of more than political issues.

Diplomatic Friction About Nord Stream 2

The United States, France, Ukraine and Poland are calling on the German government to withdraw from the project. In Germany, too, there is increasing pressure on the federal government to shelve Nord Stream 2.

The German government has repeatedly confirmed that Nord Stream 2 is an economic project. This position was also taken by the prime minister of the West Mecklenburg-Pomerania government, who also does not want to see a link between the events around Navalny and the construction of the gas pipeline – writes the NDR.

The pipeline, which is expected to transport 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually from Russia to Germany, is nearly finished. According to Nord Stream 2 AG, it’s 95 percent. The pipeline has already been laid.

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