A controversial gas pipeline links Russia to Germany but has not yet come into operation as it is awaiting the green light from the Germans.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Tuesday the suspension of authorization for the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which links Russia to Germany after Moscow recognized the independence of breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.
“Without this certification, Nord Stream 2 cannot be put to work,” Scholz told a joint press conference with Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin, adding that the matter would be “re-examined” by the German government.
Scholz warned that the decision to stop the pipeline was just a “concrete” step and that more sanctions could follow. “There are also other sanctions that we can introduce if more measures are taken, but for now it’s a matter of doing something very concrete,” he told reporters.
This announcement came just hours after Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded the “immediate” interruption of the pipeline. “We agree on the need to impose immediate sanctions against Russia after this new act of aggression against Ukraine. These sanctions must include the complete interruption of Nord Stream 2,” he added, referring to the pipeline that is completed but has not yet entered. due to being waiting for the green light from Germany.
On Monday, Vladimir Putin ordered the deployment of the Russian army for “peacekeeping” in the breakaway territories in eastern Ukraine, which he recognized as independent.
Putin signed two decrees calling on the Russian Defense Ministry for “the Russian Armed Forces to take over the peacekeeping functions on the territory” of the “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Lugansk.
In 2014 Russia invaded eastern Ukraine and annexed the Crimean Peninsula, Ukrainian territory.
The war in eastern Ukraine between Kyiv forces and separatist militias has so far claimed more than 14,000 lives, according to the United Nations.
At the same time, Belarus will hold a constitutional referendum on Sunday on the ban on the production or presence of nuclear weapons, and it is also foreseeable that Russian troops will remain in the country.
Source: with Agencies