JOINT STATEMENT BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS  ON THE CALL TO STOP THE NORD STREAM 2 PIPELINE

JOINT STATEMENT BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS ON THE CALL TO STOP THE NORD STREAM 2 PIPELINE

9 August 2021 – Nord Stream 2 (NS2) is a dangerous and shortsighted decision which preferences the economic interests of a few minority stakeholders over long-term transatlantic security and stability. This unnecessary pipeline sows’ discord in Europe, consolidates Russia’s stranglehold on Europe’s energy supply, and undermines collective efforts to counter Russian aggression.

NS2 is economically unnecessary and environmentally destructive. Natural gas demand is projected to decline in Europe, building a new pipeline when excess capacity to import Russian gas already exists makes little sense. The building of the pipeline on sensitive seabed alongside the import of gas from Gazprom, which has a concerning and consistent track record of large methane leaks, showcases some environmental concerns around NS2.

NS2 does not facilitate a diverse energy mix in Europe. The U.S. and Europe should support projects that help to diversify Europe’s energy supply not a pipeline which magnifies Russia’s ability to use its European energy dominance as a political trump card.

The majority of Europe opposes NS2. The overwhelming majority of European nations, the European Commission, and a sizeable number of the German, Austrian, and Dutch public, alongside the U.S. oppose NS2.

NS2 divides Europe and encourages Russia to further spread its malign influence and aggression. NS2 is an attempt by Russia to use energy as an instrument of hybrid warfare against eastern European nations, while cementing an artificially imposed stratification of nations in Europe with natural gas as the wedge. The completion of the pipeline would give Russia a greater ability to blackmail Europe by stopping or reducing gas deliveries and undermine NATO efforts to bolster collective security in eastern European member states, dealing a blow to the ongoing efforts of Ukraine to secure its sovereignty from Russian aggression, invasion, and occupation.

Russia would likely use the presence of the four Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines to justify the militarization of the Baltic Sea under the pretext of protecting the energy infrastructure, similar to what it does in the Black Sea.

For these reasons, we oppose continued construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a project which is neither geopolitically prudent nor economically necessary. National governments and the EU should do all in their power to deny Russia a cudgel with which to wage hybrid war against recalcitrant nations and attain the acquiescence of others.

 

BUTKO Kateryna

Head of NGO, All Ukrainian Association “Automaidan”, Ukraine

www.automaidan.org.ua

 

CARAFANO Dr. James Jay

Vice President, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation, USA

https://www.heritage.org/

 

CZYŻEWSKI Daniel

Editor, Defence24.pl, Poland

https://www.defence24.pl/

 

GETMANCHUK Alyona

Director, The New Europe Centre, Ukraine

http://neweurope.org.ua/en/

 

GONCHAR Myhailo

Chair, Centre for Global Studies Strategy XXI, Ukraine

https://geostrategy.org.ua/en

 

HOPKO Hanna

Chair, National Advocacy Interest Network ANTS, Ukraine

https://uk.ants.org.ua

 

JAKÓBIK Wojciech

Editor in Chief, BiznesAlert.pl, Poland

https://biznesalert.pl/

 

JANDA Jakub

Director, European Values Center for Security Policy, the Czech Republic https://europeanvalues.cz/en/about-us/

 

KAJMOWICZ Jakub

Editor in Chief, Defence24.pl, Poland

https://www.defence24.pl/

 

KIJEWSKI Tomasz

President of the Board, The Warsaw Institute, Poland

https://warsawinstitute.org/

 

KREKÓ Péter

Director, Political Capital, Hungary

https://politicalcapital.hu/index_gb.php

 

LIEMIENOV Oleksandr

Head of the Board, State Watch, Ukraine

https://statewatch.org.ua

 

MICHAŁOWSKI Bartłomiej

Member of the Management Board, The Sobieski Institute, Poland

https://sobieski.org.pl/en/home-site/

NESTERENKO Oksana

The Executive Director, Anti-Corruption Research and Educational Center, Ukraine

https://acrec.org.ua

 

PAVLENKO Olena

Chair, DiXi Group, Ukraine

https://dixigroup.org

 

PISARSKI Zbigniew

President of the Board, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

https://pulaski.pl/en/

 

RAUBO dr Jacek

President, The Institute of Security and Strategy Foundation, Poland

https://fibis.pl/en/news/

 

ROSZKOWSKI Marcin

Chairman of Board, Jagiellonian Institute, Poland

https://jagiellonski.pl/home

 

SELIN Denys,

Board Chairman, Civil Control Platform, Ukraine

 

SHABUNIN Vitaliy

Head of Board, Anticorruption Action Center, Ukraine

https://antac.org.ua/en/

 

VYSHNEVSKYI Andrii

Head of the Board, Transparency International Ukraine

https://ti-ukraine.org/en/

 

VYSHLINSKY Hlib

Executive Director, Centre for Economic Strategy, Ukraine
www.ces.org.ua

 

WIECH Jakub

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Defence24.pl, Poland

https://www.defence24.pl/

 

WOŁEK Karol

President of the Board, Casimir the Great Foundation, Poland

https://fkw.edu.pl/ (Fundacja im. Kazimierza Wielkiego)

 

WRÓBEL Marek

President of the Board, The Republican Foundation, Poland

https://republicanfoundation.pl/about-fundation/

 

ZHERNAKOV Mykhailo

Chair, Foundation DEJURE, Ukraine

http://en.dejure.foundation