North Stream 2 gas pipeline project between Russia and Germany “is currently not necessary from my point of view,” Roderich Kiesewetter, the point person for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat-led bloc in parliament’s foreign affairs committee, says in interview with Deutschlandfunk public radio.
* “It can contribute to a broader basis for Europe’s energy supply in the medium term, but it mustn’t come at the expense of Ukraine or Eastern Europe”
* “Europe should diversify very carefully, place its energy supply on a broader base, and not rely exclusively on Russian gas”
* “The North Stream 2 project undermines all this and makes Germany more dependent on Russian gas than we can perhaps imagine today”
* Welcomes House of Representatives version of bill allowing U.S. president to impose sanctions on Russia, says Congress has “reined in Trump”
* “The cause of the sanctions is not Trump, the cause of the sanctions is the unlawful occupation of Crimea, is the destabilization of Eastern Ukraine”
* NOTE: EU Commission Wants Role in North Stream 2 Negotiations: FAZ