MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The German authorities are considering the possibility of creating a shutdown mechanism for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which would be used in the case of a Russian attempt to decrease gas transit via Ukraine, German media reported.
The WirtschaftsWoche newspaper reported that neither Chancellor Angela Merkel nor Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is ready to withdraw from the project regardless of the position of the US administration.
At the same time, the German government is reportedly discussing the possibility of creating a shutdown mechanism, which could be used in the case of Russia’s alleged attempts to threaten Ukraine with cutting gas supplies.
Maas reportedly believes that such a mechanism would make it impossible for Russia to use gas supplies as a tool of political pressure on Ukraine.
The German authorities, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, have repeatedly rejected the US extraterritorial sanctions and said they consider Nord Stream 2 to be an economic rather than political project. German newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday that the US has for the first time ever signaled readiness to start negotiations on lifting sanctions against the pipeline.
According to the German chancellor, despite the "deep differences" between Russia and the EU, including Germany, she believes "it is strategically necessary to remain in dialogue with Russia on many geostrategic issues."