Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia, the candidate for Chancellor of Germany from the CDU party, Armin Laschet, believes that Germany needs the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He stated this on June 14, at the annual conference Global Media Forum (GMF) in Bonn, which is held under the auspices of the Deutsche Welle media company.
"My position has always been very clear. We need this highway, it is an economic project, it is needed for energy supply. And there has always been a condition: there should be no geopolitical losses for Ukraine. This pipeline must not be used to blackmail Ukraine, or the Baltic States or Poland," Laschet said.
According to him, once it's been built, it will be an additional good part of the energy supply. But when the gas starts flowing, it is needed to keep a close eye on these geopolitical rules and on the protection of Ukraine. The politician assured that such an agreement exists at the European level.
On June 4, President of Russia Vladimir Putin has stated that the laying of the first line of the Nord Stream 2 was finished.
Meanwhile, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert stated that it is extremely important for Berlin to maintain Ukraine's status as a gas transit country even after Nord Stream 2 is put into operation.