The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is one of Russia’s grandest hopes, something to make a weak Europe ever more dependent on itself. Why is it being ignored?
As we approach Independence Day, the disconnect between what is reported in the press and what the world situation actually is remains very curious.
Yesterday, speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough and Council of Foreign Relations President Richard Haass bemoaned the fact President Donald Trump is eviscerating the post-World War II order and not replacing it with anything. Haass said we voluntarily are giving up our international position of primacy. One wonders if Mr. Haass has spent much time looking at Nord Stream 2, the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea, bypassing Ukraine, Russia and the Baltic States.
The effect of this pipeline will be to give Russia greater control over Europe’s energy supply. It will enrich Putin, remove any control or payment that these other countries would have received, and make German Chancellor Angela Merkel even more subservient to Russia. Ukraine for example, may lose 2% of its GDP as a result of the loss of trans-shipment payments.