In an interview with German news agency RND, German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said that after abandoning thermal and nuclear power plants, Germany will need gas for the transition period before Berlin turned entirely to renewable energy sources.
But since Germany has almost no gas reserves, it depends on imports and Nord Stream 2 is seen as Germany’s savior at the moment. The decision to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was made four years ago. The project is almost ready and has been approved from a legal point of view.
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“If we stop the project now, from the point of view of the legal decisions we will break the rules and we can expect a legal complaint,” Ms. Svenja said.
Just before Ms. Svenja made the above statement, EP passed a resolution requiring the European Union (EU) and Russia to stop the construction of the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project.
The EP’s statement stated that relations between Europe and Russia have continued to deteriorate over the years, EU countries should carefully consider cooperating with Russia in the diplomatic and construction fields, including projects. Nord Stream 2 project.
The resolution also emphasized that the EU should not continue to receive investments of unknown origin from Russia. Resolution of the European Parliament was passed in the context of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was arrested by Russia upon returning home.
Members of the European Parliament require EU member states to impose stricter sanctions on Russian relevant individuals and agencies.
In response to EP’s request, the head of the Alliance for Christian Democracy (CDU), Mr. Armin Laschet spoke out about the European Parliament asking the European Union to stop building the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. , on the arrest of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
Mr. Zeitung said that the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project should not depend on the situation with Navalny’s arrest. The foreign policy arguments of project critics were unfounded, especially regarding Ukraine’s geostrategic interests, as the German government took them into account.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also earlier said that her views on Nord Stream 2 have not changed. Ms. Merkel also reiterated that US sanctions on the project were inappropriate, but she expressed her readiness to negotiate with the new US administration on the subject of pipeline.
Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry recommended that foreign politicians who comment on the situation with Navalny should respect international law and deal with Russia’s national affairs.
Russian President Dmitry Peskov’s press secretary stressed that Moscow does not intend to listen to statements from abroad about Navalny, but supports good relations with all countries.
Even so, Peskov admitted that the Nord Stream 2 project is facing “cruel and illegal” pressure from the US. It is regrettable that this pressure policy continues and even increases, Mr. Peskov said.
The Kremlin was reviewing actions against the Washington project and was looking to complete the project despite pressure from the sanctions, the spokesperson confirmed.
- Thanh Ha