German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers extraterritorial sanctions restrictions “not the best way” as a method for resolving existing differences.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers the differences in the position of Western countries, including the United States of America, regarding the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project, not as large-scale as it might seem.
“As for Nord Stream 2, we often said that, on the one hand, it is an economic project, on the other hand, it has political implications, and this plays a big role in transatlantic relations,” Merkel said within the framework of the press conference.
As Merkel recalled, the European Union had previously adopted legislative changes in this context, pointing to the so-called Third Energy Project. Merkel spoke about the developed mechanisms of work that will avoid falling into one-sided dependence and not end up in “dangerous waters.” At the same time, as the German Chancellor emphasized, since the Cold War period, gas supplies were carried out on the basis of negotiations and contracts with Russia (the former Soviet Union).
Angela Merkel reported on a discussion with Emmanuel Macron, who heads France, about possible energy supply problems. She drew attention to the fact that France has its own nuclear power industry, and therefore the importance of gas for it is much less high than for Germany. Now, as Merkel said, Germany is completing the use of both nuclear and coal energy. It is for this reason that Germany needs gas to be used as a “transitional source” to renewable energy.