Nord Stream 2: Joe Biden’s Election Victory May Lead to Gas War in Europe, Swedish Media Says

Russia has repeatedly stressed that the US push to sanction the Nord Stream 2 project is nothing but unfair competition that violates international law.

Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the 3 November US presidential election may result in a gas war in the immediate vicinity of Sweden over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet reports.

The news outlet argues that Biden entering office will unlikely make a difference in Washington’s approach towards the project. The newspaper recalled that when Biden served as the US vice president between 2009 and 2017, he claimed that the pipelines built under the Baltic Sea would make Europe more dependent on Russian gas.

Svenska Dagbladet also cited the US president-elect as saying at the time that the best alternative to Russian gas supplies to Europe could be deliveries of US liquefied natural gas (LNG).

As far as Sweden is concerned, its government approved the construction of a section of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Swedish economic zone in June 2018, so “the issue has already been resolved for Stockholm in this regard”, the newspaper notes.

On the EU level, however, the topic continues to cause controversy amid the threat of US sanctions against the project, the news outlet adds, arguing that politically, Nord Stream 2 can count on the continued support of the German government.

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