As the US tries to impede Berlin from a joint energy project with Russia – Nord Stream 2 – the German economy minister says that his country will stick to the enterprise, backing Moscow as a reliable partner. Speaking to the Welt am Sonntag newspaper, Peter Altmaier was quizzed about Donald Trump’s 2018 comments that Berlin is “a captive” of Russia, when it comes to gas supplies. Altmaier brushed off the argument, saying that Germany “will never be susceptible to blackmail.” What’s more, there is no reason to believe that Moscow will somehow neglect its commitments and hamper gas supplies, given that it’s been safely providing energy to Germany for decades, he argued. Even after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Moscow stuck to its obligations and “I do not doubt [its] contract compliance,” the minister maintained. However, Berlin is still looking to diversify its energy supplies and is also keen to keep Ukraine as a transit country for gas that flows into Europe.
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