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Against the backdrop of Russia’s threatened invasion of eastern Ukraine, the German government put the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline on hold yesterday. A new assessment of supply security must now be made, taking into account the recent developments, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said. “This will certainly drag on, if I may make a prediction,” he added. Meanwhile, Ukraine praises the move. US President Joe Biden also announced sanctions. Eric Bonse and Manuel Berkel have the details.
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Nord Stream 2 on hold: Ukraine praises German government’s decision
Scholz said he asked the Economics Ministry to withdraw the existing report on the analysis of supply security at the Federal Network Agency. “This sounds technical, but it is the necessary step under administrative law so that no certification of the pipeline can happen now.” Without this certification, Nord Stream 2 could not go into operation. On Twitter, US President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman had suggested that the move happened because of US pressure.
The analysis of supply security had still been prepared by the previous government under ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel in October 2021, when it said: “In its analysis, the Federal Ministry of Economics concludes that the granting of certification would not jeopardize the security of gas supply of the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union.”
According to the German Energy Industry Act, the security of electricity supply is also a test criterion, for example, the sufficient supply of gas-fired power plants. According to its own information, the Ministry of Economics had allowed several European countries to be consulted: Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia.
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