On Friday, Moscow called Nord Stream 2 a project of “existential” importance for Berlin and a kind of test case for determining whether Germany and other EU members are capable of defending their own interests.
The German newspaper Die Welt has reported that with Washington’s increasing pressure on Berlin over Nord Stream 2, a so-called Plan B is needed “to put construction of the gas pipeline on hold for the time being”.
Die Welt cited Roderich Kiesewetter, member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), as saying that Germany needs “a face-saving solution for all sides” and that “a moratorium could be” an option.
Nils Schmid of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), for his part, said the project, which is so close to completion, cannot be stopped now, but that “it would be possible to make the operation of Nord Stream 2 subject to certain conditions”, according to Die Welt. He did not elaborate on what those conditions could be.
The remarks followed Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova touting Nord Stream 2 on Friday as “a business project” that is “not connected to politics, but to the internal development of Germany”.