Germany suspends Nord Stream 2 over Russia’s actions in Ukraine


German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Tuesday that Western countries had taken disciplinary action against Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine, suspending certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Germany and Russia.

Scholz told reporters in Berlin on February 22 that his government’s decision to suspend the pipeline was in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s granting independence of the two secession areas of eastern Ukraine. He said he was. ..

“It is now up to the international community to respond to this one-sided, incomprehensible, and unjustified action by the President of Russia,” said Schortz. “Without such action, a clear signal to Moscow. I need to. ” result. “

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Said in a tweet Members of the Biden administration said, “We will talk closely with Germany overnight and welcome their announcement,” and the United States will follow up on its own measures to sanction Russia against unstable behavior in Ukraine. He added that he would.

President Putin declared the so-called Separatist-controlled People’s Republic of Luhansik (LPR) and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) as “independent” nations on Monday, two regions believed to “maintain peace” by Russian troops. I issued an order to.

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On February 19, 2022, Ukrainian troops patrol the front line outside the town of Novorhanske in eastern Ukraine. (Aris Messinis / AFP via Getty Images)

The Russian president warned Ukraine to withdraw troops from around the two districts, otherwise “Ukraine’s governing system would be fully and fully responsible for the possibility of continued bloodshed.” Stated.

UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday that Putin’s approval of the so-called republic was a bid to make an excuse for aggression. She dismissed Putin’s claim that the Russian troops entering the area were peacekeepers as “nonsense.”

Western leaders have warned that Russia is planning a major invasion of Ukraine and may use false flag operations as an excuse to launch an attack, the Kremlin denied. ..

Schortz announced the suspension of Nord Stream 2, which ended in September, but the fact that it has been idle since then until it is certified by Germany and the European Union is a tough cost for Berlin to act in Ukraine. It suggests that we are serious about imposing.

“This is great for energy security and Germany’s foreign policy, which has a major impact on Berlin’s broader position on Moscow,” Marcel Dilsas, a non-resident fellow at the Kiel University Institute for Security Policy, told Reuters. It’s a change. “

The German government has long resisted the suspension of controversial pipeline projects, despite pressure from the United States and other European countries to unplug. Germany, which has acquired half of its gas from Russia, claims that Nord Stream 2 is a commercial initiative to diversify Europe’s energy supply.

Washington has taken security risks for years by allowing Nord Stream 2 to increase its reliance on Russia’s gas supply in Europe and give Moscow the ability to bypass Poland and Ukraine in its gas supply to Western Europe. I have insisted that it will bring.

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On June 5, 2019, a crane will move the Nord Stream 2 pipe at the port of Mukran near Sassnitz, Germany. (Axel Schmidt / Getty Images)

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba welcomed Germany’s decision to suspend certification By tweetWe call it “the moral, political, and practically correct step in the current situation.”

“A true leader means making difficult decisions in difficult times. The German move proves exactly that,” he added.

President Joe Biden said in early February that “Nord Stream 2 no longer exists” if Russia invades Ukraine.

“We will put an end to it,” Biden said at the time.

If approved, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will carry approximately 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia to Germany each year.

Germany’s economic minister, Robert Habeck, told journalists Tuesday that gas prices could rise further in the short term, but his gas supply is safe even if Nord Stream 2 doesn’t go online. Said that.

In Europe, energy prices skyrocketed as demand lags behind supply, with strong rebounding demand from the pandemic-related recession.

Tom Ojimek

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