Zelensky refuses to receive German president over Russian gas pipeline links

Frank-Walter Steinmeier defendeu como ministro a necessidade de levar o projeto Nord Stream adiante

Frank-Walter Steinmeier defended as minister the need to take the Nord Stream project forward

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12160616 12160616The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, refused to receive the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in Kiev, due to links with the German gas pipeline. -Russian Nord Stream.

The German head of state intended to visit the capital Ukraine along with the President of Poland, Andrej Duda, according to information from the Bild newspaper.

The idea came from the head of the Polish government, who also wanted to bring together the presidents of the Baltic countries. The trip would take place this Tuesday (), after Steinmeier’s trip to Warsaw.

However, according to the Bild, Zelensky did not want to receive the German president, due to the links that the politician had with the construction of the Nord Stream.

Steinmeier himself acknowledged a few weeks ago the error in the assessment, for having defended as a minister the need to take the project forward.

12160616The president of Germany was a member of the cabinet of Social Democrat Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, and later also joined the government of Angela Merkel, between 2005 and 2009, and between 2009 and 2022 , as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Schröder and the president of the Russia, Vladimir Putin, signed an agreement for the construction of the first gas pipeline in partnership between the two countries, which became operational in 2011.

12160616 The pact was signed in 2011 , months before the then German Chancellor left power, to later become part of the Nord Stream board, a role he continues to exercise.

In 2011, after the start-up of the first gas pipeline, there was agreement for the construction of Nord Stream 2, to increase the direct transport of Russian gas to Germany through the Baltic Sea.

The second project was maintained by decision of Merkel and the coalition she ruled with, which included Steinmeier’s Social Democrats, despite the Russian annexation of Crimea , in 2014.

The current German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, suspended the construction permit for the second gas pipeline, shortly after the Moscow-ordered invasion of Ukraine in 24 of February.

12160616 However, Germany continues to refuse to apply an immediate embargo on gas imports from Russia, due to its strong dependence on the former Soviet republic’s energy source.

Ukraine and Poland openly criticize Berlin’s position, blaming Schröder , as responsible for the agreement, Merkel, for extending it, and Scholz, for not breaking it.

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