Germany, despite the difficulties in the energy sector, does not intend to facilitate the weakening of sanctions against Russia, Western media reported with reference to the representative of the German government, Steffen Hebestreit.
“We have difficult months ahead of us (…). But it is clear that we stand firmly on the side of Ukraine and we stand for the sanctions agreed upon by us together with the EU and the international community,” said Hebestreit.
He added that Berlin also refuses to approve the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
Earlier, German ex-chancellor Gerhard Schröder said that Germany could avoid an energy crisis in the winter if it puts this highway into operation.
During a recent visit to Tehran, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, told reporters that he had previously told the current Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Olaf Scholz, that: “We have another ready-made route – Nord Stream 2. It can be launched. But it is not being launched.”
The North Stream 2 offshore gas pipeline with a capacity of 55 billion cube. m of gas per year passes from the “Slovyanska” compressor station in the Kingisep district of the Leningrad region of Russia to the Baltic coast of Germany. Currently, both lines of the main line are filled with gas and ready for operation. The authorities of Germany stopped the process of certification of the gas pipeline, and the USA put the project company Nord Stream 2 AG on the list of sanctions.