The controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline is almost complete, and many want it to stay that way. Bypassing Eastern Europe, Nord Stream 2 allows Russia to transport natural gas directly to Germany from Russia, increasing Russian energy dependence in Western Europe while simultaneously increasing Russia’s political leverage in Eastern Europe. While Russia’s actions regarding Belarus and its poisoning of Putin critic Alexei Navalny with one of the Russian-created Novichok nerve agents have drawn criticism from officials in Germany, Finland, however, has not been persuaded to take decisive action against the project. Things are different in Washington, where Congress has included additional sanctions against Nord Stream 2 in the National Defense Authorization Act.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been one of the key leaders in a bipartisan effort to halt completion of Nord Stream 2. Senator Cruz joins for a fireside chat with Dan De Luce, national security and global affairs reporter for NBC News, to discuss why Nord Stream 2 matters to America’s national security interests, and his role in the fight to stop the pipeline. Following this conversation, Christopher Robinson, deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs within the US Department of State, Nicholas Kazvini-Gore, legislative assistant for Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Debra Cagan, distinguished energy fellow at the Transatlantic Leadership Network, and Dr. Benjamin L. Schmitt, postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University, join a panel moderated by Ambassador John Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center.
The Impact of European Gas Dependence
Nord Stream 2
Natural gas plays an important role in Europe: It is a bridging technology for the transition of the electricity system and has significant potential. But Europe is strongly dependent on natural gas imports and Russian gas dominates Europe. The under construction Nord Stream 2 pipeline, despite its promises, poses significant risks to European energy security and independence.
Tue, Jun 1, 2021
Ukraine is set to be high on the agenda when US President Joe Biden meets Russia’s Vladimir Putin on June 16. However, few expect any breakthroughs towards ending the seven-year Russo-Ukrainian War.
Thu, Apr 22, 2021
Working with Ukraine now to expand capacities on the country’s borders with the EU, irrespective of the Nord Stream 2 project’s fate, should be a priority not only for Kyiv, but also for Europe as a whole.
Sun, Mar 21, 2021
Germany’s Greens have confirmed plans to block Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline if, as expected, they form part of the new German coalition government following Bundestag elections in September 2021.
UkraineAlert by Diane Francis
The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.