Putin unleashes fury as Germany BANS Russian gas and signs deal with Ukraine instead

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Putin unleashes fury as Germany BANS Russian gas and signs deal with Ukraine instead

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has finally suggested that Berlin would be willing to impose sanctions on the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline if

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has finally suggested that Berlin would be willing to impose sanctions on the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline if Russia continues to step up its military actions in Ukraine. Speaking at a press conference after a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Scholz sent a dire warning to Russia, saying that all options were on the table.

He said: “It is clear that there will be a high price to pay and that everything will have to be discussed should there be a military intervention in Ukraine.”

Mr Scholz also said that Germany would honour “all aspects” of a deal made by his predecessor Angela Merkel with US President Joe Biden last year over Russia.

Under the agreement, Germany promised to take action against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and press for EU sanctions if Russia decides to “use energy as a weapon or commit further aggressive acts against Ukraine”.

Mr Putin has been pushing to speed up the approval of the pipeline so gas delivery to begin, but German regulators have suspended its certification.

Now, with gas flow still yet to begin, some observers say it can be used as leverage to prevent Russia from invading Ukraine.

Moscow has reacted with fury this morning.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that the fact no gas was being shipped through the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany, was “bad” for consumers.

They also accused NATO of increasing tensions around Ukraine.

It pointed to weapons deliveries, military manoeuvres, and NATO aircraft flights, and added that Russia’s international partners should pay attention to this.

READ MORE: Putin warned Germany will CUT gas pipeline if Ukraine attacked

Since Germany has limited hydrogen production capabilities, it will need to import a massive amount of renewable hydrogen to reach its goals.

The German Foreign ministry tweeted: “Ukraine has huge potential for green hydrogen, also as an alternative to fossil gas.”

Ms Baerbock said: “Our energy partnership with Ukraine supports the expansion of renewables, energy efficiency and the expansion of green hydrogen.”

She also travelled to Moscow recently to meet with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

At the meeting, she backed up Mr Scholz’s threats, saying: “We have reiterated again and again, at different levels of this federal government, that should energy be used as a weapon [by Russia], that would then also have appropriate consequences with regard to this pipeline.”



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