Today the Danish Parliament passed a law according to which might prohibit the passage of Russian gas pipeline «Nord stream – 2» through its territorial waters. It is reported the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende.
Ban pipelines can now argumentiruyte considerations of foreign policy and security policy.
Prior to this, the Danish law was that the issues of foreign and security policy was not a valid reason for a ban.
The publication notes that the law «is rather a foreign policy signal than a real obstacle» to the «Nord stream – 2», as for the linear pipeline route from Russia are only the area of the Danish island of Bornholm.
The project «Northern stream – 2», headed by former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion m3 of gas per year from Russia to Germany under the Baltic sea. The existing gas pipeline «Nord stream» consists of two strings with a length of 1224 km with a capacity of 27.5 billion m3 each, Gazprom began deliveries on this gas pipeline in 2012.
In December 2015, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk said that the project of the second turn of the pipeline «Nord stream» does not correspond to the energy regulations of the EU (Third energy package) and undermining Ukraine’s role as gas transit country.
In March 2016, eight EU countries (Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Estonia and Lithuania) signed a letter to the European Commission to protest against the gas pipeline project. At the same time, its construction support Germany, France, Austria and the Netherlands, writes «Deutsche Welle».
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU has no unanimous agreement regarding the negotiations with Russia on the «Nord stream – 2».
Denmark adopted a law allowing to prohibit the passage of the «Nord stream — 2» in its waters 01.12.2017