In the Bundestag responded to the accusations of "betrayal of Europe"
Criticism of the project of the pipeline "Nord stream 2" comes mainly from those persons who lobby the interests of the United States, not Europe, told RIA Novosti member of the Bundestag, member of the Committee on foreign relations Anton Friesen, commenting on the British colleagues.
Previously, the UK member of Parliament Daniel Ernakulam said in an interview with British newspaper the Daily Express that Berlin is committing "betrayal" in Europe, because of the cooperation with Russia on the gas pipeline "Nord stream 2". "It's hard to overstate the magnitude of the betrayal, which is the pipeline. Germany is a NATO member, which (on paper) are committed to protecting the continent from potential interference and influence of Russia", - said the MP.
"Nord stream 2" is a step toward Europe's energy security. Russia - conscientious and benign provider of cheap gas, what can be said about the United States, whose CNG is expensive and harmful to the environment. Many who opposed the "Nord stream 2" are in fact lobbying the interests of the United States, not Europe," said Friesen, commenting on the statement of Ernakulam.
Earlier, the head of the Bundestag Committee on energy Klaus Ernst told RIA news that Germany may impose punitive duties on gas from the United States in case of continuation of pressure on the "Nord stream 2".
Earlier, US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said in an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt that the new sanctions against the "Nord stream 2" may be adopted by the us Congress quickly, despite the election campaign. The purpose of new sanctions is preventing the introduction of the pipeline system. How will this be implemented in practice, the Ambassador did not elaborate, but one possibility may be penalties to companies that provide maintenance of the pipeline.
"Nord stream 2" involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. Against the project actively advocate USA, in the EU promoting its liquefied natural gas, as well as Ukraine and several European countries. States in December imposed sanctions against the project, demanding that the companies doing the strip, to immediately stop the construction. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of the gas pipeline.
Russia has repeatedly stated that the project is a commercial and profitable Europe.