Merkel cautious on renewed criticism of gas pipeline from Russia

Bratislava - German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted cautiously on Thursday to reports that France was no longer supporting Germany in the construction of a second major gas pipeline from Russia under the Baltic Sea.

Speaking in Bratislava on the sidelines of a meeting with the leaders of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, the chancellor said it was nothing new to have different opinions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Germany considered it important for Ukraine to maintain its role as a transit country for Russian gas, Merkel said, acknowledging a key concern expressed by Ukraine and the United States.
She denied that Nord Stream 2 would make Germany and the European Union dependent on Russia for a key resource.

Thursday, February 7th 2019

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