Merkel's government downplayed the risk of launching Nord Stream 2, – media
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According to journalists, the German authorities turned a blind eye to dependence on Russian gas and warnings from other countries, including Ukraine, about the Kremlin's ability to use fuel for blackmail.
The German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel ignored the risks associated with the construction and commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The secret report, dated late 2021, shows signs of understating the level of concerns about the Russian pipeline, including in terms of Germany's dependence on Russia in terms of energy. This was reported by the publication Spiegel with reference to the report.
The December 2021 report says that the launch of the gas pipeline does not pose a threat to Germany's energy security – this conclusion is reflected in the document, despite objections to this from the governments of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and other countries that the Russian Federation can use the supplies fuel for blackmail.
Journalists recalled that Kyiv had previously warned that in the fall of 2021 Russia had reduced supplies through Ukrainian gas pipelines, and Warsaw recalled how the Kremlin during the gas crises of 2008-2009 and 2014 showed a willingness to use gas supplies for political purposes.
At the same time, Poland noted that the political leadership of the Russian Federation has a direct influence on the Gazprom corporation. However, the then leadership of the German Ministry of Economy did not find “sufficient evidence of a specific security threat to gas supplies.”
The publication indicated that during the preparation of a government report, in September-October 2021, the level of reserves in the largest in Germany, gas storage was less than 10%, however, “this did not bother anyone in Berlin then, including employees of the then finance minister Olaf Scholz, who also received a report.”
Journalists noted that if it were not for the antitrust EU law delaying the launch of Nord Stream 2 to split operating company Nord Stream AG, the pipeline “could have been running when Russian tanks crossed the border into Ukraine.”
And late on October 11, automation systems discovered a leak on the section of the Druzhba oil pipeline. The Polish government reported that there is evidence indicating the possible involvement of the Kremlin in the incident.