A government spokesman said it would give Germany time to rebuild relations with the United States.
German government transatlantic cooperation coordinator Peter Bayer has called for the suspension of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to give Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government time to work to rebuild relations with the United States.
Bayer, an associate of Merkel in the Christian Democratic Union party, said the construction of a pipeline in the Baltic Sea is a “barrier” in relations between Berlin and Washington.
The project is under US sanctions and has long been a source of tension between the two NATO allies.
“It’s not enough to just condemn the practice of extraterritorial sanctions,” Bayer said Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg News. “If we hope for a fresh start in transatlantic relations, we need to change our own position.” He added that Germany and the US should hold further discussions to try and resolve the issue.
Bayer’s position is at odds with the official line of Merkel’s ruling coalition, although several other CDU members have also called for a moratorium on the project.