Annalena Baerbock, co-chair of the German Alliance 90/The Greens, said that partial responsibility for the difficult situation on the gas market in Europe lies with Russia, so it is not necessary to issue permits for the launch of Nord Stream-2 until all EU regulations will be fulfilled, Angi reports.
“I want European energy law to be respected. In concrete terms, this means that the operator of Nord Stream 2 should be one company, and another one should supply gas. As long as it is the same concern, you cannot issue a permit for operation,” Baerbock said.
The Green Leader believes that high gas prices in Europe are associated with increased demand and low supply.
“At the same time, one can observe a “game of poker” from the Russian side: gas supplies have decreased significantly. We will not allow us to be blackmailed. The problem is that although Russia supplies gas to Europe under contracts, the storage facilities are relatively empty. The Russian side can do this deliberately to force the commissioning of Nord Stream 2 as soon as possible, although not all legal conditions have been met,” she said.
The Head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry believes that it is necessary to discuss Nord Stream 2 in the Normandy format.