On April 27 the Akademic Chersky pipe-laying vessel began laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the territorial waters of Denmark.
Germany and Austria are not the only ones lobbying for the Russian gas pipeline. The Dutch government has also been supportive of the Russians.
The EU Court of Justice’s advocate has upheld the EU court decision on OPAL, the onshore extension of the Nord Stream pipeline.
Work to lay Gazprom’s gas pipeline to Germany in Danish waters is due to start in late March. The mainline is expected to be ready by September’s end.
The German government hopes that the Biden administration will weaken the sanctions against Nord Stream 2 (NS2). German diplomacy is pushing to win U.S. acceptance of NS2’s completion and launch.