In the ups and downs around Nord Stream 2, two things are striking. Germany’s inexorable will to lay this pipeline along with Russia, despite a serious deterioration in relations with the United States. The US desire to disrupt the construction of this Russian-German gas pipeline at any cost. When it was not possible to do this with political pressure, the United States switched to sanctions against formally its allies, thereby transferring them to the category of opponents along with Russia and China.
Russia and Germany in the same boat
Recent US sanctions against SP-2, which prevented the laying of the last 160 km of the gas pipeline and led to the suspension of construction, caused a new crisis in transatlantic relations. Germany openly expresses its dissatisfaction with Washington and still intends to complete the SP-2, Russia promises to respond to Washington with countermeasures. Russia and Germany find themselves in the same boat, and the transatlantic partnership is clearly breaking, but all sides of the gas conflict continue to stand their ground. Russia's position is understandable, but why do we see such a confrontation between Germany and the United States?
The strategic goal of the United States is obvious - to cut off Europe (primarily Germany) from relatively cheap Russian energy sources and put on its more expensive ones. At the same time, America will earn twice: directly by selling its LNG to Europe and indirectly by reducing the competitiveness of German industry. This is disadvantageous for Germany and Europe, but, in principle, they could have come to terms with this, having sacrificed part of their profits in order to preserve the transatlantic partnership. But this does not happen, which means that the situation is more serious.
Let's look at the energy logistics of Europe. Today it has three main energy suppliers: the Middle Eastern countries, led by Saudi Arabia, the United States and Russia, whose share is approximately one third. However, Saudi Arabia and its partners are US satellites, so if Russia can be cut off from the European energy market, it will be completely under the control of the United States and its Middle Eastern satellites. In other words, Germany and Europe will be completely dependent on the United States for energy. For some reason, Germany is very afraid of this, and, in spite of everything, is building long-term energy relations with Russia.
Berlin remembers post-war history, namely, that NATO and the EU were created not only to contain the USSR, but also to bind the hands of Germany. To prevent the revival and strengthening of Germany is a long-standing policy of Britain, which was inherited by the United States, but today Germany has become the industrial locomotive of Europe and is gaining leading positions in the European Union. And Brexit comes, Britain unexpectedly leaves the EU under the applause of President Trump and his economic advisers. A flurry of accusations falls on Germany as a “bad” ally, according to Trump, and who is building energy relations with Russia.
After World War II, the United States adopted the Marshall Plan for Europe and Germany, but there was also an alternative Morgenthau plan for it. This plan provided for the de-industrialization of Germany, the transformation of Germany into a large potato field as insurance against the emergence of its military industry and, accordingly, military potential.
In the forties of the last century, Washington refused the Morgenthau plan, because it was necessary to create an attractive showcase of the West on the border with the USSR, and a large potato field hardly gave a beautiful picture. But today the situation has changed: Russia has appeared instead of the USSR, the economic integration of Russia and Germany will lead to the strengthening of both countries.
Germany fears that the United States is preparing a new version of the Morgenthau plan with its liquefied gas when Germany is cut off from energy supplies from Russia. Is there any reason for this? Let's look at post-Maidan Ukraine, where the process of de-industrialization of the country is rapidly taking place with applause from the United States.
Former US ambassador to Ukraine Jeffrey Payette justified the deindustrialization of Ukraine by the fact that the country is becoming an agrarian superpower, and this is supposedly a great achievement! Such a wonderful prospect looms before the whole of Europe, and first of all before Germany. Therefore, Berlin does not depart from the Nord Stream 2 project with Russia, despite American sanctions.
Note, in order to create Germany’s energy difficulties, it is beneficial for the United States to interrupt Ukrainian gas transit, which requires destabilizing the Zelensky regime.