Well this is big if not entirely unexpected - The Certification procedure for controversial #NordStream 2 pipeline-designed to send gas supplies directly from Russia to Germany - has been suspended for now. Moscow won’t be pleased but /1 bundesnetzagentur.de/SharedDocs/Pre…
It’ll calm (for a bit) the internal row in Germany +amongst EU countries over whether the pipeline is a) environmentally sound b) makes Germany/EU even more reliant on Russia for its energy. Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel was often criticised for going too easy onRussia /2
Accused of putting German economic interests before politics/diplomacy w Russia esp after Crimea. Ukraine was furious about the pipeline - but Germany’s Network Agency has now ruled that Ukraine must be part of Nordstream certification process /3
The German agency has four months, until 8 January 2022, to reach a draft decision on the NS2 certification. After that, the EU Commission has 2-4 months to review the German decision and make its own recommendations -which the German regulator must then comply with /4
Yesterday Boris Johnson warned Germany it had a choice between « sticking up for Ukraine » - There are now fears of an imminent Russian invasion - and approving Nordstream 2. NB Completing the undersea pipeline was delayed by US sanctions /5
Ukraine fears Russian infrastructure once the pipeline is in operation, a) could facilitate an invasion into Ukraine and/or b) be a ruse by Russia to keep@Ukraine from earning transit fees for gas coming from Russia to EU /6

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