German defense Minister and conservative leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer responded to criticism of the construction of the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline and called for their discussion.
“First, we are becoming too dependent on Russian gas. But at the same time, we are diversifying energy supplies in Europe, using other energy sources, LNG, and developing alternative and renewable energy,” she said.
According to Kramp-Karrenbauer, another point from the project’s critics is “the legitimate security interests of Ukraine and the Eastern European states such as Poland” in connection with the implementation of “Nord stream-2.” She stressed that Berlin takes these interests into account “in the current negotiations.”
Commenting on the argument that Russia’s revenues from gas supplies are also directed to defense, the Minister said that “it’s not just about “Nord stream-2.”
“Of course, we are talking about economic interests, and yes, the US has an economic interest in natural gas and LNG. It is justified, and we are in favor of openly discussing these issues between friends, ” Kramp-Karrenbauer added.