He claims it is a “priority” to “prevent the country from running out of fuel” in the winter and Ukraine likens dependence on Russia to a “drug addiction”.
The vice president of the German parliament, Wolfgang Kubicki, this Friday raised the possibility of opening the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline amid fears that the energy crisis the country is experiencing will intensify in the winter.
“We need to open Nord Stream 2 as soon as possible to fill our gas tanks for the winter,” he told German media conglomerate RND in an interview. “I see no reason not to.”
Germany halted the approval process for the gas pipeline on February 22 this year in response to the escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine that would eventually lead to the start, two days later, of the Russian invasion of that country. . Germany is characterized by its particular reliance on Russian gas and recent events, such as the reduction of the gas flowing through another major supply route, the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, has put some of its political leaders on edge.
The last of them was Kubicki, who this Friday declared the opening of the ‘Nord Stream 2’ as a priority for the German government to “prevent the country from running out of fuel, regardless of whether (Russian President) Vladimir Putin is already then not not he is in power.
His words were quickly answered by members of the German government coalition who are part of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Free Democratic Party (PDL) and the Greens. The general secretary of the PDL, Bijan Djir-Sarai, has accused his own member that “Russia is using energy policy as a weapon”.
Nils Schmid, the spokesman for German Social Democratic Chancellor Olaf Scholz, goes even further by saying that Kubicki “took over the language of Russian propaganda” with these comments.
For his part, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dimitro Kuleba has compared Kubicki’s proposal – supported by other prominent figures in German politics, such as former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, accused by his Social Democratic party of complicity in Moscow – to a example of drug addiction to Moscow’s energy supply.
“It’s like a drug addiction. It’s like someone says, “This is the last time!” unaware of the consequences of each ‘last time’. Addiction to Russian gas kills!” Kuleba said on his Twitter account.
Source: La Verdad