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Germany to back Russian gas link despite Ukraine tensions

Gasoil News - Published on Wed, 05 Dec 2018

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Reuters reported that Germany will not withdraw its political support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia, as some lawmakers suggested curtailing the project to punish Moscow for its seizure of Ukrainian ships and their crew. But Foreign minister Heiko Maas, a member of the Social Democrats, junior partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition, told reporters the pipeline was a commercial project that would continue even if German firms pull out. He said “Remaining part of the project gave Germany political influence, including over Russian energy policy towards Ukraine. It would still be built, but there would not be anyone advocating for alternative gas transit through Ukraine. That is why we consider it important to remain engaged politically."

Russia is resisting international calls to release three Ukrainian ships seized last month in the Kerch Strait, which controls access to the Sea of Azov near the Crimea region that Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Moscow accuses the 24 sailors of illegally entering Russian waters by trying to pass through the strait. Kiev says the sailors did nothing wrong, and its ships have the right to pass through the strait to reach Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.

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Posted By : Joykumar Irom on Wed, 05 Dec 2018
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