German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced Tuesday the certification process for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will be halted after Kremlin ordered troops into eastern Ukraine.





BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany on Tuesday halted the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline project, designed to double the flow of Russian gas direct to Germany, after Russia formally recognised two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine. Europe’s most divisive energy project, worth $11 billion, was finished in September, but has stood idle pending certification by Germany and the European Union.


“This is a huge change for German foreign policy with massive implications for energy security and Berlin’s broader position towards Moscow,” said Marcel Dirsus at Kiel University’s Institute for Security Policy.




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