The German Bundestag proposed a moratorium on the construction of Nord Stream 2. The head of the Bundestag’s foreign policy committee Norbert Rettgen said this on Deutschlandfunk radio.
He thinks that Russia, the US, and the EU should negotiate and agree on the moratorium. According to Rettgen, a pause in construction would help the West make sure that the pipeline would not be “used as a geopolitical weapon against Eastern European countries.”
“If an international agreement ruled out such an outcome, it was possible to cooperate with Russia on energy policy,” Rettgen added. The politician stressed that the moratorium should be used precisely as a pause, not as a sanctions mechanism.
Earlier, Peter Stano, a representative of the European Commission, said that the EU would not be able to link the sanctions on the situation with Alexei Navalny (founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation – FBK, included in the register of organizations performing the functions of a foreign agent by the Ministry of Justice) with the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. This is due to the fact that the construction is a project of a group of private firms, which cannot be hindered by the EC.