German Foreign Minister urged to “take a clear position” on “Nord Stream-2”

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag Norbert Röttgen called on the new German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock to 'take a clear position' in & nbsp; regarding the Nord Stream gas pipeline & nbsp; & mdash; 2, '' reports Welt.

“ It is impossible to imagine that & ldquo; Nord Stream & nbsp; & mdash; 2 & rdquo; was launched if Russia does attack & nbsp; Ukraine & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; said & nbsp; he.

According to & nbsp; he said, in the & nbsp; situation around & nbsp; Ukraine it is extremely important for the West to take a unified position and & nbsp; & nbsp; to resist escalation from & nbsp; Russia, threatening the most severe economic sanctions. p>

Röttgen believes that & nbsp; Germany should continue the dialogue with & nbsp; Russia. “ But & nbsp; dialogue is not & nbsp; to be used in German foreign policy as a tool to & nbsp; cover for inaction. Our international partners rightly expect that & nbsp; Europe will become more actively involved in & nbsp; foreign and security policy & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; considers the politician. Therefore, as he noted, the most important task of Berbock & nbsp; & mdash; create a format that allows Europe to act from the outside.

Political commentator Johannes Leuthoser wrote in an & nbsp; article for the & nbsp; Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) that & nbsp; Berbock found itself in a & nbsp; quandary due to & nbsp; position on & nbsp; the Nord Stream pipeline & nbsp; & mdash; & mdash; 2 ''. The author of the material recalled that, as a representative of the opposition from the & nbsp; Green party, Berbock opposed the construction of the gas pipeline. “ As a representative of the coalition, she & nbsp; had to agree with & nbsp; the fact that & nbsp; SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany, won & nbsp; elections. & mdash; & nbsp; RBK) will not & nbsp; be ready to abandon & nbsp; the gas pipeline, the construction of which has already been completed & nbsp; & nbsp; & mdash; noted & nbsp; he. According to the & nbsp; commentator, the minister was & nbsp; an impasse because of & nbsp; her position on the & nbsp; gas pipeline.

SPD, Greens and & nbsp; and the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP) on November 24 & nbsp; presented in Berlin a coalition agreement on the & nbsp; creation of a new government with & nbsp; SPD leader Olaf Scholz at the & nbsp; head. This coalition in & nbsp; Germany received the name “ traffic light '', according to the & nbsp; colors of the participating parties. Berbock applied for & nbsp; the post of German Chancellor, but eventually took over as Foreign Minister.

Bloomberg wrote in & nbsp; July that & nbsp; The Kremlin has launched a campaign against Berbock because of & nbsp; her position on & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & quot; Nord Stream & nbsp; & mdash; 2 ''. The agency wrote that & nbsp; the situation with & nbsp; Berbock caused particular concern in Moscow. A source close to the & nbsp; Russian government told the agency that & nbsp; the Kremlin is ready to go to & nbsp; anything to block its way to & nbsp; power. The Kremlin feared that & nbsp; Berbock's victory in the & nbsp; elections would deal a serious blow to & nbsp; Russia's global interests, destroy its & nbsp; ties with & nbsp; Germany and & nbsp; would benefit the United States, two people familiar with the & nbsp; position of the Russian leadership told the agency. A Bloomberg source close to the Kremlin said that & nbsp; & nbsp; Moscow & nbsp; already has enough information to harm Berbock, who is “ politically naive and '' too sympathetic to the United States.

“ Nord Stream 2 ''; completed in & nbsp; September. It & nbsp; was supposed to be ready back in & nbsp; the end of 2019, but the & nbsp; work was prevented by US sanctions. Because of & nbsp; them, some of the foreign partners left the project. According to & nbsp; Gazprom, the pipeline is ready for & nbsp; launch. Nord Stream 2 AG (subsidiary of Gazprom and & nbsp; project operator) is awaiting approval from the German and & nbsp; then European regulator. In & nbsp; Germany, the decision should be made before & nbsp; 8 & nbsp; January 2022, then the European Commission (EC) will consider it in & nbsp; within two months. EK & nbsp; also has the right to extend the period for another & nbsp; two months & nbsp; & mdash; before & nbsp; 8 & nbsp; May 2022, Bloomberg reported.