Ukraine crisis: Russia sanctions package includes Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, says Germany

Thursday - 27/01/2022 21:51
Hopes remain that matters can be settled diplomatically, however.
Annalena Baerbock, Foreign Minister of Germany, and her counterpart from the United States, Antony Blinken meet for bilateral talks at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin   -   Copyright  Kay Nietfeld/Pool via AP
Annalena Baerbock, Foreign Minister of Germany, and her counterpart from the United States, Antony Blinken meet for bilateral talks at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin - Copyright Kay Nietfeld/Pool via AP

Russia will face "massive consequences" in case of aggression against Ukraine, with a package of sanctions being prepared by the West that includes the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Germany's foreign minister Annalena Baerbock told the Bundestag.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had hinted at including Nord Stream 2 in a potential sanctions package, stating Germany would discuss halting the pipeline as part of "severe economic costs" at a press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on 18 January.

This week, Scholz again warned Russia of "serious consequences" to any military aggression against Ukraine. He urgently called for de-escalation in the crisis on Tuesday before a bilateral meeting in Berlin with French President Emmanuel Macron.

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