Germany shelves Nord Stream 2 pipeline
[ 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 sources seemed strange, as the price would be higher, and infrastructure would need to be built 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 have just been playing along 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 a video this morning from Russell Bentley, a Texan in Donbass, with audio of a constant artillery barrage on Donbass by Kiev, goading the Russians to respond, but not in the asymmetrical way that they did respond.
Putin’s rational move to put ‘peacekeepers’ in Donbass to monitor the Kiev attacks was a no-brainer. So that move is today being spun by Western news hucksters as the Russian “invasion” of Ukraine.
This situation could have been settled, but the West decided to keep it like a scab they could always scratch to make it bleed some more, so someone could justify their paychecks. Welcome to that world… Jim W. Dean ]
First published February 22, 2022
Germany is halting the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline in light of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said.
…But at a press conference Tuesday, Scholz said that “the situation today is fundamentally different and therefore, in light of recent events, we must also reassess this situation … also with regard to Nord Stream 2.”
He said he had asked the German economy ministry to withdraw a binding opinion from October last year that stated the pipeline posed no security-of-supply threats.
“This sounds technical, but it is the necessary administrative step so that no certification of the pipeline can now take place,” Scholz added. “And without this certification, Nord Stream 2 cannot go into operation.”
Shortly after, the economy ministry announced it was halting the certification process.
It was a surprise move from Scholz, who had at times avoided even mentioning the pipeline by name in recent days, and came after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into the self-declared “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine on Monday night.
“The certification cannot take place now,” he tweeted later, signaling that while Berlin was freezing the project, it might get licensed at a later date. Full cancellation of the pipeline could leave the government vulnerable to lawsuits.