Germany suspends Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

The German authorities have decided to stop the certification of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said. This comes after Ukrainian President Zelensky announced the need to completely shut down Nord Stream 2.
Scholz instructed the Ministry of Economy to contact the regulator.
“Today I asked the Federal Ministry of Economics to withdraw the report on energy security from the Federal Network Agency,” the Chancellor said. Olaf Scholz pointed out that Germany had to make “a necessary step so that the certification of the gas pipeline could no longer take place.”
However, the European Union does not plan to impose stringent sanctions that could cause maximum damage to Russia.
The scale of the restrictions that the EU currently prepares against Moscow was revealed by one of the diplomats familiar with the discussion, RIA Novosti reports.
Most likely, the EU will refuse from the idea to take most stringent measures against Russia, and the new sanctions will be no more serious than those adopted in 2014.

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