Berlin has warned Moscow that any new “escalation” of tensions in Ukraine can directly impact the much-anticipated Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.
Germany’s newly-appointed Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said that the ambitious project will not be allowed to operate in the event of any new “escalation” in Ukraine.
“It was agreed between the Americans and the former German government (of Angela Merkel) that in the event of further escalation this gas pipeline could not come into service”, Baerbock told German television station ZDF on the sidelines of the G-7 meeting hosted by British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in Liverpool.
G-7 countries — Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and the United States — seek to build a joint front against what they perceive as “Russia’s growing threat in Ukraine”.
A senior US State Department official was quoted as saying that the Group of Seven and its allies will adopt a tough stance against Russia if diplomatic efforts to resolve the Ukraine crisis failed.