Norbert Röttgen welcomes the agreement on Nord Stream 2

CDU foreign politician and Nord Stream 2 critic Norbert Röttgen praised the agreement between Germany and the United States on the Baltic Sea gas pipeline. A permanent dispute between the two states would not have been good, he told Deutschlandfunk on Thursday. The agreement is a “demonstration of the will to associate”.

Above all, he praised US President Joe Biden’s decision that German-American relations were more important than Nord Stream 2. There was a higher good, and that was German-American relations. At the same time, he still considers the pipeline to be bad. “It is a political weapon in the hands of Vladimir Putin,” said Röttgen, referring to the Russian president.

Röttgen: minimize damage

Russia no longer needs Ukraine as a transit country for its gas exports to Europe. “The project is false, it is a threat to the independence, the independence of Ukraine.” However, being able to prevent the completion of the Baltic Sea gas pipeline is an illusion, said the chairman of the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee. “The damage has occurred. (…) It is now a question of minimizing the damage. ” Ukraine’s internal development needs to be strengthened, which is part of the deal.

Germany and the United States have settled their long-standing Nord Stream 2 dispute. The governments of the two states released an agreement on Wednesday evening in which Germany vows to stand up for sanctions against Russia if the pipeline is used by Russia to harm Ukraine or other countries in Eastern Europe. The US government no longer wants to impose sanctions on the completion of the pipeline, he has told government circles.

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Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) welcomed the agreement. He announced on Twitter that it was “a good thing that we and the United States could once again pursue our common goals and beliefs in Russia and energy policy and that we were also able to agree on constructive solutions regarding Nord Stream. 2 “.

Federal Minister of the Economy Peter Altmaier (CDU) also spoke positively about the compromise reached. “In recent years, we have always worked to ensure that Ukraine’s legitimate security interests are respected,” said the minister. To this end, he advocates “that the transit of gas for Ukraine be extended beyond 2024”. He is “happy that transatlantic cooperation is intact again”.

The Kremlin announced on Wednesday that Chancellor Merkel and Russian President Putin expressed satisfaction over the impending completion of the controversial pipeline in a phone call. Putin praised Germany’s “commitment” to the project.

Critics have come from Ukraine and Poland. In a joint statement, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba and his Polish colleague Zbigniew Rau condemned the agreement: such a decision “created additional political, military and energy threats for Ukraine and central Europe in its together “.

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