Mast warns of narrowing the sanctions debate on Nord Stream 2

From Andrea Thomas

BERLIN (Dow Jones) – In the discussion about possible new sanctions against Russia, the parliamentary manager of the SPD parliamentary group, Katja Mast, warns against narrowing the debate to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Currently, it is not about issuing stronger sanctions towards Russia because of its Ukraine policy. “Should there be a new debate about tightened sanctions against Russia, all things that are possible must be on the table without reservation. This includes Nord Stream 2, but that includes many other things,” said Mast at a press conference. “Narrowing the debate down to Nord Stream 2 is the real problem.”

Because currently no gas is flowing through the pipeline and therefore sanctions against Nord Stream 2 are not currently effective. “If you want to impose sanctions, you want things that are currently effective,” emphasized Mast. Therefore all things should be “on the table without reservation” and “no narrow debate should be conducted”. Possible sanctions could include Russian accounts abroad as well as other economic sanctions, as the SPD politician said.

At the beginning of the week, SPD General Secretary Kevin Kühnert stood behind the Russian-German gas project that former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) had agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Nord Stream 2 is currently waiting for the gas pipe to be certified by German authorities. Kühnert said that one should not mix up the debates about the Russian approach to Ukraine and Nord Stream 2.

The green coalition partner and some member states of the European Union, however, are much more critical of the gas pipeline than the SPD. They fear that Europe could become more dependent on Russia because of Nord Stream 2, which is supposed to transport gas directly from Russia to Germany.

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January 12, 2022 05:56 ET (10:56 GMT)

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