Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson called on EU countries to oppose the launch of a new gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.Johnson made this statement during a speech at the Lord Mayor's banquet in front of business representatives and diplomats in London on November 15, according to the press service of the British government.
Johnson did not name the project, but warned Europe against being overly dependent on Russia and its energy.
"I hope, that... other European countries may recognise, that a choice is shortly coming, between mainlining ever more Russian hydrocarbons in giant new pipelines, and sticking up for Ukraine and championing the cause of peace and stability," Johnson stated.
His message was sent to Brussels at a time when European regulators are deciding whether to approve the launch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. According to the Prime Minister, the implementation of the project could undermine stability in the whole region.
"So when we say that we support the sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine, that is not because we want to be adversarial to Russia, or that we want in some way strategically to encircle or undermine that great country. And never let it be forgotten, in this season of remembrance, that it was Russian blood that enabled us to defeat Nazism," Johnson said.
He stressed that his country remains committed to democracy and freedom on the European continent. Proof of this was London's readiness to help Poland overcome the migration crisis.
A few days ago, British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Trace called on the European Union to join her country and speak against Nord Stream 2 together.
As it was reported earlier, the construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was completely finished as of the morning of September 10.
Work on laying the Nord Stream-2 pipeline began in 2018. Its length is 1,230 km. The pipeline is expected to supply 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually from Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany.
On September 15, the price of gas in Europe broke another record, reaching $950 per thousand cubic meters for the first time in history.
A group of over 40 MEPs soon demanded that the European Commission urgently investigate Gazprom's manipulation and blackmail.
On October 4, the procedure for filling the first line of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline with gas began.
On October 18, it became known earlier that the first string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is filled with technical gas and is ready for operation.
At the same time, on November 8 Bloomberg reported with reference to the Janes company report that Russia is moving tanks to the Ukrainian border. This time, observers noticed a battalion of T80-U tanks in the Voronezh region.
US and European Union officials expressed concern that Russia has resumed its troop build-up near the border with Ukraine.