Ukraine envoy calls on Germany’s future cabinet to “bury Nord Stream 2 at the bottom of the Baltic Sea”
The Ukrainian ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnyk has called on the future German government coalition to react to the Kremlin’s destructive policies in the international arena, the accumulation of the Russian military presence on the border with Ukraine and the arming of energy.
Melnyk shared his thoughts with the German newspaper Welt, reports Ukrinform.
The new federal government, which is currently formed by the Social Democrats, FDP and the Greens, should send Moscow a “strict warning by burying Nord Stream 2 on the bottom of the Baltic Sea,” said the ambassador. “
Melnyk recalled that despite the fact that more than 120 days have passed since the publication of the joint German-American agreement on the Russian gas pipeline, nothing has so far been done to remove the existing economic and security threats to the project to Ukraine.
“On the contrary, the threat of a new military invasion by Russia is more acute than ever,” said the ambassador. He criticized the German side for not seriously addressing Russia’s military rearmament on the Ukrainian border.
“Unfortunately, this unprecedented escalation is taken lightly in Berlin. Ignoring them in this way could also have serious consequences for the Federal Republic, ”warned Melnyk.
The article provides a detailed analysis of the current situation around the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, with a particular focus on the recent US sanctions. It is underlined that in this way Washington is reminding Berlin that Germany must honor its end of the agreement with the United States.
The article also indicates that the Greens co-chair, Annalena Baerbock, who is one of the harshest critics of the Nord Stream 2 project in Germany, has a chance to become the new German Foreign Minister.
As Ukrinform previously reported, Russia’s energy monopoly Gazprom announced the completion of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on September 10th. It was moved from Russia to Germany, bypassing Ukraine, on the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Gazprom is the sole partner in the project.
Ukraine, Poland, the Baltic countries and the United States have jointly spoken out against the project. The government of US President Joe Biden and the federal government of Angela Merkel have signed an agreement on Nord Stream 2, which enables the completion of the pipeline in exchange for safety guarantees for Europe.
On November 16, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) suspended the certification process for Nord Stream 2 AG and granted Gas TSO of Ukraine LLC’s application to participate in the process. In response, Russia intends to set up a subsidiary under German law to own and operate the German portion of the pipeline.