The Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline is posing renewed challenges to transatlantic security. The pipe-laying vessel Fortuna and its Russian owner resumed activity despite U.S. sanctions and widespread condemnation of the project from the European Parliament, member states, and energy regulators. As a result, several major Western service providers, certifiers, and insurers have already exited the project. In the U.S. Congress, bipartisan consensus on opposing the project continues to be strong, while the Biden administration recently characterized the pipeline as a “bad deal for Europe.” What is the future of the NS2 pipeline and what can the transatlantic community do to stop the Kremlin’s attempts to undermine Euro-Atlantic unity and security?

The panelists will discuss the latest developments surrounding Gazprom’s push to finish the pipeline and its implications to the transatlantic relationship and the future of our shared security.


Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Group of the Greens, GermanyHanna Hopko, Former Chairwoman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine (2014 - 2019)Agata Łoskot-Strachota, Senior Fellow, Energy Policy, Centre for Eastern Studies, PolandAndrej Nosko, Visiting Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations, Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

ModeratorBenjamin L. Schmitt, Senior Fellow, Democratic Resilience Program, Center for European Policy Analysis; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University

This event is hosted in partnership with U.S. Embassy in Slovakia.