Could Nord Stream 2 break NATO?
Suddenly it appears that the hyperbolic, Russophobia warmongering that has been coming out of Washington for the past four years is in danger of having consequences.
Last month Congress kicked up the sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to Germany to include "parties providing underwriting services, insurance or reinsurance on the project." Washington expected Europe to roll over for us, as they usually do.
Russia is already so sanctioned that there is little left for us to threaten them with. they've moved ahead to finishing the project with their own ships which are already in place.
With anchoring vessels allowed to work along the suggested NS2 route, Fortuna can be physically attached to Akademik Cherskiy and thus lay the pipes to the Baltic seabed. This constellation creates a rather straightforward path towards Nord Stream 2’s completion as both vessels are Russian assets (Cherskiy belongs to Gazprom Flot, Fortuna belongs to MRST), hence the sanctions threat would not work that well, being already sanctioned for a plethora of other reasons.
Germany's position on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline remains unchanged - the project must be completed. It was stated by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, presenting the priorities of Berlin during its presidency of the European Union
This is a problem for the U.S. because we don't do diplomacy anymore.
We don't even know how to do diplomacy.
What happens to the bully when no one tolerates his bullying anymore?
Unless we back down, we are about to find out.
For the first time in the recent history of Euro-Atlantic integration, Germany has made it perfectly clear at the highest level that it could introduce sanctions against Washington and could even persuade its EU and NATO partners to act as a united front against the US.
However, Angela Merkel still views US-German relations in a wider context of European and global security. In an interview published recently in several European media, she admitted the possibility of a new geopolitical reality where the United States would not have a leading role: “We grew up in the certain knowledge that the United States wanted to be a world power. Should the US now wish to withdraw from that role of its own free will, we would have to reflect on that very deeply.”
Nord Stream 2 could wind up being a political gold mine for Russia, by creating a split right down the middle of NATO. It wouldn't be the outcome that Russia intended when they started building this pipeline.
The real cause instead was American hubris.