The German Foreign Minister strongly criticized Russia’s actions towards Ukraine.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock does not exclude the imposition of sanctions against Nord Stream 2 in the event of Russian military aggression against Ukraine.
She said this, speaking today in the Bundestag, reports DW.
Burbock again threatened Russia with a tough response to the further escalation of the conflict with Ukraine.
According to her, the West has a wide range of possible responses.
“Among the measures to respond to a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, sanctions are being considered against the completed but not commissioned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline,” the minister said.
At the same time, Burbock expressed her readiness to continue the dialogue with the Kremlin, and emphasized: “He who talks does not shoot.”
At the same time, she recalled the tough position of the West, which considers new military aggression against Ukraine unacceptable.
“The basic pillars of the European world order cannot be negotiated,” Burbock said.
She also strongly criticized Russia’s actions towards Ukraine.
“It is difficult to regard it as anything other than a threat when hundreds of thousands of soldiers in tanks and artillery mounts are drawn to the Ukrainian border for no apparent reason,” the German Foreign Minister said.
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Nord Stream 2: What is known
The Nord Stream 2 project provides for the construction and operation of two gas pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany.
The pipeline operator is Nord Stream 2 AG, 100% owned by Gazprom.
On September 10, 2021, Russia announced the completion of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
To launch Nord Stream 2, it needs to be certified by German authorities. This procedure was started, but was suspended on November 16, 2021. After certification by the German authorities, the European Commission must give permission to operate. Without the approval of the EC, the gas pipeline cannot be launched.
Ukraine warned that Russia could use the gas pipeline as a “weapon”.