The “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline can be stopped if it is used against Ukraine, said the leader of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, candidate for Chancellor Armin Laschet.
“The geostrategic influence was stipulated – it should not cause damage to Ukraine, there are European obligations here. If President (Vladimir of Russia) Putin does not adhere to this rule and uses it against Ukraine, then it is possible to stop it at any time, even when the pipeline is ready because then the basis of the agreement will disappear. Everything is simple,” the politician said.
Laschet made the corresponding statement during a joint interview with the candidates for chancellor from the Greens and Social Democrats Annalena Baerbock and Olaf Scholz.
Scholz agreed that it is necessary to take into account the interests of Ukraine; he noted that it is necessary to guarantee the transit of gas through Ukraine in the future.
Baerbock, who is critical of “Nord stream-2,” said that the project should not be completed.
“I was in Russia; I spoke with the decisive actors about his goal. I have always been told that the goal is Ukraine, bypassing sanctions. Everyone knows that. We can continue to say that this is an economic project, but it is not so. < … > When the pipeline is ready, gas will go through it, Putin’s goal is to use this gas to turn off the Ukrainian pipeline, so that it does not go through it, to destabilize Ukraine, because money will no longer flow,” she said.
The politician noted that the gas pipeline should receive permission from the European regulator, according to which the owner of the project should not be the operator of the project. “This approval should not be issued. This means that we can stop it (the pipeline) at this stage,” Baerbock said.
During the interview, Laschet noted that now it would be unfair to put Ukraine on the prospect of integration with the EU since the European Union faces the task of integrating the countries of the Western Balkans. In theory, “you can frivolously promise this,” “but the reality is different, at least at the moment.” “I don’t see that all 27 EU countries would be able to accept such a large country into their ranks in the foreseeable future,” Lachet was quoted as saying by TASS.