[ Editor’s Note: I read this as a middle of the road move by Germany. It takes credit for doing something but leaves the door open to press the reset button when the huffing and puffing part of this is over.
Germany and the EU had enough gas stored to get through the winter, with Nordstream 1 carrying a good part of that at the lowest price. But the talk of ‘protecting’ itself by lining up LNG source seem strange as the price would be higher and infrastructure needing to be build to unload the big LNG ships.
Missing of course was Germany saying something like, “Gosh, if we had fulfilled the Minsk Accords years ago we would have had this issue settled.”
It also leaves people like me thinking that France and Germany had just been playing along to the whole time, playing the big dealmakers that don’t complete their deals.
But let’s not stop there. While Kiev shafted the Minsk Accords, I suspect with full US support (Obama), the West did nothing to control the borders where we have seen endless aggressive shelling by Kiev with NATO footing the bill.
I got video in this morning from Russell Bentley, from Texas), in Donbass with audio of a constant artillery barrage on Donbass by Kiev, goading the Russians to respond, but not asymetrically like happened.
Putin’s rational move to put ‘peacekeepers’ into Donbass to monitor any and all Kiev attacks was a no brainer, So that move is today being spun by Western news hucksters as the Russian “the invasion” of Ukraine.
This situation could have been settled, but the West decided to keep it as a scab they could always scratch to make it bled some more, so someone could justify their paychecks. Welcome to that world… Jim W. Dean ]
First printed … February 22, 2022
Germany is halting the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline in mild of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz mentioned.
…However at a press convention Tuesday, Scholz mentioned that “the scenario in the present day is basically totally different and due to this fact, in mild of latest occasions, we should additionally reassess this example … additionally with regard to Nord Stream 2.”
He mentioned he had requested the German economic system ministry to withdraw a binding opinion from October final 12 months that acknowledged the pipeline posed no security-of-supply threats.
“This sounds technical, however it’s the obligatory administrative step in order that no certification of the pipeline can now happen,” Scholz added. “And with out this certification, Nord Stream 2 can’t go into operation.”
Shortly after, the economic system ministry introduced it was halting the certification course of.
It was a shock transfer from Scholz, who had at instances prevented even mentioning the pipeline by identify in latest days, and got here after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into the self-declared “individuals’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk in jap Ukraine on Monday night time.
“The certification can’t happen now,” he tweeted later, signaling that whereas Berlin was freezing the challenge, it’d get licensed at a later date. Full cancellation of the pipeline may depart the federal government susceptible to lawsuits.