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New German government to halt Nord Stream 2 if Russia invades Ukraine, - Financial Times

Source : 112 Ukraine

The new coalition, led by Scholz, includes the "greens" who have long opposed the pipeline, and the fact that the Foreign Ministry is headed by their representative, Annalena Baerbock, raises Russia’s concerns about the fate of the Nord Stream 2 project.
15:06, 9 December 2021

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The new German government, headed by Olaf Scholz, will consider the possibility of halting the operation of Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will bring Russian gas to Europe, as part of a package of sanctions planned in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is reported by the Financial Times, with reference to people familiar with the position of Berlin.

The new German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, supports this infrastructure project, as did his predecessor Angela Merkel. However, the new coalition, led by Scholz, includes the Greens, who have long opposed the pipeline.

There is growing concern in Russia that the Greens, whose spokeswoman Annalena Baerbock is now heading Germany's Foreign Ministry, will halt the project, current and former officials in Moscow say.

Asked about the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border at a press conference on Tuesday, Scholz said Germany was "watching with great concern" the movement of Russian troops. He added that "it would be a completely unacceptable situation if Ukraine is in danger." When asked if he would block Nord Stream 2 if Russia invaded Ukraine, Scholz objected.

After US President Joe Biden warned in dialogue with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about "strong economic and other measures" in the event of an attack on Ukraine, Washington also made it clear to Germany that it would also like to see Nord Stream 2 halted.

According to US officials in the Biden administration, Scholz cannot be expected to yield to US pressure so soon after being elected chancellor. However, they are confident that he basically supports the US goal of containing Russian President Vladimir Putin to prevent an invasion.

In October Baerbock accused Russia of gas "blackmail," which caused high energy prices in Europe. It is also known that the German "greens" are in favor of stopping Nord Stream 2 due to its negative impact on the environment.

On April 13, another German environmental organization, Deutsche Umwelthilfe, also filed a complaint with the court demanding to cancel the regulator's decision to authorize the construction of Nord Stream 2 in the waters of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In December 2019, the U.S. introduced sanctions against the Nord Stream II, and Swiss-Dutch company Allseas stopped works on the pipeline; Russian gas monopolist Gazprom decided to complete the works on their own production capacities.

Deutsche Umwelthilfe submitted an appeal to stop the project to the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH), but it was denied on June 2, 2021. On September 16, 2021, Deutsche Umwelthilfe environmentalists again filed an objection against BSH's license for pipeline exploitation and urged to study its climate impact.

Earlier, in March last year, Deutsche Umwelthilfe appealed to the Stralsund Mining Authority with a request to review the construction and operation permit for Nord Stream 2.

In August of the same year, the German environmental organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) appealed to the Supreme administrative court in Greifswald for a revision of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline permit.

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