The construction of the Nord Stream pipeline and promotion of this project to deal with the former KGB and Stasi (secret service of the GDR). This was reported by “Polish radio” with reference to the book of Danish investigative journalist Jens Galsgaard “Spionerne der kom ind med varmen” ( “the Spies came with the heat”).
According to the investigation, an ex-intelligence officers are corrupt and blackmailed the most important politicians in order to obtain the appropriate authority. Danish journalist believes that former agents of the KGB and the Stasi, in cooperation with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, have access to decision-makers in Denmark, Sweden and Finland, and use those contacts.
The author of the book noted that the current Director of Nord Stream Matthias Warnig was an agent of the Stasi in East Germany and a secret agent in West Germany. Galsgaard also reminded that President of Russia Vladimir Putin, “which completely controls the “Gazprom”, is a former KGB agent. “These two gentlemen are old friends who worked together in Dresden during the cold war. When they needed permission to build Nord Stream in 2009, they recruited former colleagues and used several other methods to exert pressure and blackmail of politicians and government officials in the countries participating in this project,” said Gushard.
The journalist recalled that ex-KGB agents now occupy the leading positions in the Putin administration and Gazprom. Five of the six managers of “Gazprom” was a KGB spy, according to the investigation.
Galsgaard also noted that the Nord Stream and Gazprom continue to use threats against governments and give some generous donations to get permission to build another pipeline.
“From a Western point of view in 2009, Putin and Russia were the usual partners. When Poland and Ukraine, or the Baltic countries have consistently warned the rest of Europe about the intentions of Putin, who is using gas as a political weapon, few Western leaders took into account”, – said the journalist.
Galsgaard, in his book published the data obtained through diplomatic channels, and documents that demonstrate the consequences of the consent in the Russian project. “For countries such as Denmark, access of Danish companies to the Russian market was more important than the stability of Ukraine. Policy makers now better understand the problem, but refused to Putin when they had a common business relationship in 2010? This is a problem,” he said Galsgaard.
Earlier, the European Commission approved the proposal to obtain a mandate from member States to negotiate with Russia on the project “Nord stream – 2” and is currently discussing it with member States.
We will remind, the project of Nord Stream – 2 cost nearly 10 billion euros, “Gazprom” and its partners intend to start in April 2018. It is assumed that 1,200-kilometer pipeline will be laid through the Baltic sea and connect Russia and Germany, bypassing Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States. The gas pipeline’s capacity will be two times greater than that of the first Nord Stream and construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Ukraine opposes this construction, calling it politically motivated. Instead, Kyiv has proposed that the EU create a consortium with the involvement of European companies for more efficient management of the existing transportation route through Ukraine. His disagreement with the Nord Stream project – 2 also stated a number of EU countries, particularly Poland and Lithuania.
In addition, on 2 August the President of the United States Donald trump signed a law on new anti-Russian sanctions. The sanctions include fines for the European companies, in particular, will cooperate with the Russian “Gazprom” in the implementation of the gas pipeline “Nord stream – 2”. In response, the President of the EC Jean-Claude Juncker said that Brussels is ready to respond immediately if sanctions will harm the economic interests of the EU.