Putin critic Alexei Navalny was “unequivocally” poisoned with Novichok. The revelation that a Russian opposition leader was exposed to the same nerve agent used in the Salisbury poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal has put even more pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to “pull the plug” on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.
The Nord Stream 2 project has been controversial since inception: Russian gas is to flow directly to Germany via a pipeline through the Baltic Sea. Critics fear this will reinforce dependency on the Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom, and thus also on the Russian government. Should Nord Stream 2 be cancelled?
Gas from Russia is currently piped through Ukraine, and the Nord Stream 2 project would result in Kiev losing $2 billion in annual transit costs. Several Central and Eastern European countries have also called for a rethink of the project, and the US government has been lobbying against it (and has increasingly been supplying Europe with natural gas itself). Roughly 9.5 billion euros have been invested in the project and the pipes themselves have almost been completely laid. Is it too late to stop Nord Stream 2?
Should Europe cancel its gas pipeline project with Russia? Would it make the EU too dependent on Russian energy? Or, given that billions of euros have now been spent on Nord Stream 2 and construction is almost complete, is it simply too late to cancel? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!