Given the strategic dimension of the companies concerned, some former European leaders believe that remaining on their governing bodies indirectly supports Putin’s policies. Others are still working for Russian firms.
The meeting between Olaf Scholz and Vladimir Putin made it clear that the West is no longer in the position to make demands to other world powers. The time has come to look inwards and protect our own values, rather than try to export them.
In a meeting between Chancellor Scholz and President Putin, both sides affirmed their willingness to find diplomatic solutions for the Ukraine conflict. While Scholz raised concerns over civil liberties in Russia, Putin emphasized the attractiveness of Russian gas for Germany.
“We have made it clear that new military action against Ukraine will have massive consequences for Russia. On this basis, we are developing a strong sanctions package… including Nord Stream 2,” Annalena Baerbock said.
Critics in the U.S., Ukraine, and Poland warn that approval will increase Russia’s leverage over Europe, pit EU member states against each other, and deprive Ukraine of transit revenues, putting Ukraine in a less advantageous bargaining position.
Germany’s vice-chancellor and economics minister, Robert Habeck, has come out with strong reservations about turning on the already-constructed pipeline, putting him at odds with Chancellor Olaf Scholtz.
Scholz met with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in an attempt to establish better relations between the two nations that have been increasingly at odds over issues ranging from energy policy to rule of law.
Should the Kremlin act as the aggressor, sanctions would be imposed, Jens Stoltenberg said. These would likely be limited to economic sanctions and additional defensive deployments to NATO’s eastern flank.
The U.S. says a deal has been reached with Germany to prevent Russian gas from being used as political leverage by Moscow over Europe in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, EUobserver reports. The near-complete 1,230 km (764 miles) pipeline under the Baltic Sea will double Russian gas exports to Germany. U.S. official Victoria Nuland […]