LAST HOUR: The German Chancellor announces the end of the procedure

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The authorization procedure for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline cannot continue, given the latest actions by Russia, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday.

According to Deutsche Welle, Scholz announced on Tuesday that Germany had taken steps to stop the authorization process for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which brings natural gas from Russia via the Baltic Sea.

The pipeline has been ready for operation since September, but is not operational as it has not been authorized. To do so, he would need to receive a final certification from a German government authority.

Ukraine and other Eastern European countries have constantly criticized Germany for increasing its dependence on Russian gas through Nord Stream 2, which limits its freedom of political movement in its relations with the Kremlin.

At the end of January, the head of German diplomacy, Annalena Baerbock, admitted for the first time that the package of sanctions that Russia risks, in case of invading Ukraine, also targets the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

The German coalition government – which brings together the Social Democrats – who are more in favor of a Moscow-based conciliatory approach – the Greens and the Liberals, who support a tougher line – had previously held an oscillating stance on the pipeline.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz had mentioned both a “private project” that should not be confused with political issues, and an agreement in principle between Berlin and Washington last year, which called for a halt to the project in the event of Russian military aggression against Ukraine. .