13:18 Oct. 18, 2016
Berlin should recognize concerns of Poland, Baltics and Ukraine, Norbert Roettgen says
The federal government of Germany should change its position that Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is strictly a business project, and not political.
This is reported by Norbert Roettgen, a politician of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, which is led by the country's Chancellor Angela Merkel.
‘Poland, Baltics and Ukraine feel that this pipeline threatens their safety. The federal government should recognize these concerns', Roettgen said in an interview with RND.
He said the project contradicted ‘every principle the EU agreed upon in energy and foreign policy'.
The Nord Stream 2 is designed to bypass Poland and Baltics, going across the Baltic Sea from Russia directly to Germany.
Analysts say, if Moscow launches its project, it will damage Ukraine's economy as it will no longer be the biggest transit country of Russian gas to Europe.
Source: rnd-news.de (in German)