The nearly full Nord Stream-2 pipeline might not be the proper storm, nevertheless it does current Washington and Berlin with an inventory of horrible choices.
Much has been written in regards to the near-fatal influence on the United States’ outreach to its European allies if the Biden Administration does what it believes is required to dam the challenge’s rush to completion, all within the identify of lowering Europe’s dependence on Russian pure fuel provides, and the potential for “weaponization of energy” that this challenge arms Moscow.
As the challenge nears completion, a couple of concepts have been tossed round that don’t contain stopping it chilly and the practice wreck that ensues.
What if ensures could possibly be labored out in order that the nations at present receiving transit charges for Russian fuel shipments would obtain the identical funds sooner or later, irrespective of how a lot fuel is diverted via Nord Stream-2?
On that one, the true work is for the legal professionals and diplomats.
Another concept that could possibly be realized along side the primary proposal could be to cost a particular tax – we at New Europe are calling it the “Navalny Tax”, in reference to the political prisoner and chief of Russia’s anti-Putin opposition, Alexey Navalny – on all fuel delivered by way of Nord Stream-2. One goal could be to make Nord Stream-2 much less aggressive than older pipelines.
The second however vital goal could be to assist democratization initiatives in and across the former Soviet Union. A US-EU basis with exactly that focus could possibly be established and a minimum of partially funded from the proceeds from the Navalny tax.
Again, extra work for the legal professionals and diplomats.