Germany backs Nord Stream 2 despite Ukraine-Russia tensions
Germany will not withdraw its political support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia, its foreign minister said, as some lawmakers suggested curtailing the project to punish Moscow for its seizure of Ukrainian ships and their crew, reports Euractiv. Foreign minister Heiko Maas told reporters the pipeline was a commercial project that would continue even if German firms pull out. Remaining part of the project gave Germany political influence, including over Russian energy policy towards Ukraine, the Social Democrat Maas said.
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For background, read the factsheet Gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 links Germany to Russia, but splits Europe.