German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned against disrupting the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. This is reported by Yahoo News.
Maas said that the economic isolation of Russia, along with China, could lead to a rapprochement between the two countries and contribute to the emergence of “the biggest economic and military alliance.” “Therefore, I am against cutting off all ties with Russia,” he told the Bundestag.
Earlier, it was reported that Finance Minister Olaf Scholz had offered the administration of 45th U.S. President Donald Trump assistance in importing U.S. liquefied natural gas in exchange for lifting sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. According to media reports, the German government was ready to provide the U.S. with the financial support of up to one billion euros. Against the backdrop of the scandal, Scholz was summoned to the Bundestag.
The Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea was supposed to be completed back in late 2019. However, its completion was hindered, in particular, by the threat of sanctions from the U.S., which caused European companies to leave the project.