Germany’s FM believes Russian troops along Ukraine borders no reason to bury Nord Stream 2 – media
Rejecting the dubious gas pipe bypassing Ukraine will only “intensify” Russian aggression, Maas suggests.
The aggravation of Russian aggression against Ukraine is not a reason for stopping the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. This was stated by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
In the top diplomat’s opinion, “this will not lead to changes in Russian behavior,” Die Welt reports.
“I guess the opposite will happen,” said the chief of German diplomacy.
German Defense Minister Anngret Kramp-Karrenbauer, in turn, earlier made clear her support for the idea of imposing a moratorium on the Nord Stream 2 completion. Construction works could at least be suspended. According to the defense chief, even if the gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany, bypassing Ukraine, is completed, its operation should depend on how Moscow behaves [in respect of Ukraine].
Die Welt recalls that Nord Stream 2 has become one of the main stumbling blocks in Germany’s relations with the United States. The change of administration in Washington brought no shifts to the situation. The U.S. fears Europe will become overly dependent on Russian gas, therefore Washington threatens to bring construction to a halt through tough sanctions. At the same time, In turn, apologists for Nord Stream 2 believe the U.S. only wants to boost their LNG sales in Europe.