If Germany and Russia invade Ukraine, consider stopping Nord Stream 2 = Prime Minister | Reuters

Germany’s Prime Minister Schortz said on the 18th that if Russia invades Ukraine, Germany will consider shutting down the “Nord Stream 2” submarine pipeline that sends Russian natural gas to Germany. Taken in February 2020 (2022 Reuters / Maxim Shemetov)

[Berlin / Moscow, 18th Reuters]–German Prime Minister Schortz said on the 18th that if Russia invades Ukraine, Germany will consider shutting down the “Nord Stream 2” submarine pipeline that sends Russian natural gas to Germany. ..

Russia and the Western nations held a series of talks last week over Russia’s military buildup along the Ukrainian border, but the debate was parallel, and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said today in Berlin the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Talks with Secretary-General of Ukraine Stoltenberg to discuss what to do next. “If a military invasion of Ukraine is carried out, it will come at a high price,” he said in response to a reporter’s question about Nord Stream 2.

Secretary-General Stoltenberg said he suggested reconvening the NATO Russian Council to discuss further improving the security situation. “NATO allies are ready to discuss specific proposals for mitigating the risks and transparency of military action, as well as reducing the threat of cyberattacks,” he said.

Stoltenberg also said NATO will soon send a written proposal to Russia about Russia’s request for security. In addition to disarmament, NATO intends to seriously discuss with Russia about improving transparency over military activities and missile deployment.

On this day, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock visited Moscow and met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergeĭ Viklov. “Germany has clearly shown that if energy is used as a weapon, it will pay the price for the (Nord Stream 2) pipeline,” Baerbock said in a joint press conference after the meeting.

Foreign Minister Sergeĭ Viklov said Nord Stream 2 would contribute to energy security not only in Germany but throughout Europe, “I said it was unproductive to politicize this issue.”

Foreign Minister Bearbock visited Ukraine the day before and met with Foreign Minister Kreva.

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