By the end of August, the German government plans to make a decision on the fate of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which would take into account the interests of Ukraine. This was stated by the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier in an interview with Deutsche welle.
“Three aspects are extremely important for us: the first is the security and reliability of energy supply in Europe. The second is the absolutely justified interests of Ukraine, which has suffered more than others from the aggressive policy of its neighbor for more than 7 years. And third, we want to find a future-oriented solution that will create a new business model for our Ukrainian neighbors, as well as stimulate our Russian partners to improve measures to protect the climate," the minister said.
According to him, such a solution will be found no later than the end of August, that is, before the upcoming September elections to the Bundestag and the change of government. In this way, Germany will demonstrate to Washington that it is a reliable partner and that a consensus can be reached between Europe and the United States.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken assured that Washington together with Berlin are working to prevent Russia from using the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a coercive tool against Ukraine and other Eastern European countries.
"We’re taking very concrete steps to make sure that Russia cannot use this pipeline as a coercive tool, as a weapon against Ukraine, against other countries in Eastern Europe, for that matter, against Europe itself by the very dependence that unfortunately is being increased on Russian oil and gas," Blinken said.