It is noted that the German government plans to focus on more extended sanctions at the level of the EU to be intent on the direct gas connection with Russia.
It is underlined that Germany is obliged to act in case of “incorrect use of the pipeline”. However, it is not specified what actions should be expected from Berlin.
The approach of Germany to the Nord Stream 2 can be kept after Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves her position. The Russian pipeline is supported by all political parties, except Alliance 90/The Greens.
Earlier, head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), candidate for Chancellor of Germany Armin Laschet warned Russia about sanctions, which might include total closure of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in case of harm or aggression against Ukraine.
On July 21, the U.S. and Germany made a joint statement in support of Ukraine, European energy security, and climate goals on the results of the talks on prospects of the launch of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
The same day, Ukraine initiated consultations with the European Commission and Germany regarding the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which threatens the security of Ukraine and violates the principles of diversification of the EU Energy Union.