Britain's dissenting opinion: the royal government supports Nord Stream 2

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Britain's dissenting opinion: the royal government supports Nord Stream 2
Britain's dissenting opinion: the royal government supports Nord Stream 2
23 September 2021, 13:47EconomyPhoto: eng-news.ru
“The UK government supports the Nord Stream 2 project”, - UK Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Quarteng, said at a parliamentary hearing in London. It is interesting that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was present in the hall and nodded his head approvingly.

Retelling Quarteng's statement, many Western publications refer to the source of information - the business newspaper The Financial Times, confirmed by S&P Global Platts:

“I have always supported this project”, - said the British minister. At the same time, however, everyone knows that the Kingdom is less dependent on the supply of Russian gas than other European countries.

The current parliamentary hearings were devoted to the situation on the global gas market. Therefore, Kwasi Quarteng began his review with a reminder that over the past six months, gas prices in Europe have quadrupled. But there is no threat to fuel supplies, he stressed. The UK gets gas from many sources. These are its own deposits of blue fuel in the North Sea, and pipelines from Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as imports in the form of liquefied natural gas.

FT hastened to reassure the inhabitants: under the support of Nord Stream 2, the minister apparently meant that he was in favor of diversification of fuel supply routes to the British Isles.

The minister stressed that a repeat of the 1974 energy crisis, when electricity was supplied to British enterprises only three days a week, will not happen. To say otherwise is "blunder and alarmism".

On the eve of the head of the British government Boris Johnson said that the rise in prices for blue fuel in the world is a "temporary phenomenon", and it is primarily associated with the recovery of the global economy after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The country needs to develop green energy to reduce its dependence on traditional fuels. We need to build a nuclear power plant faster”, - concluded Quarteng.

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