Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba today considered the step taken by Germany to block certification of the controversial Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in response to Russia’s recognition of the independence of separatist territories in eastern Ukraine to be morally and politically correct.
“I welcome the step taken by Germany to suspend certification of Nord Stream 2. It is a morally, politically and practically correct step in the current circumstances,” he tweeted during his trip to Washington.
“True leadership means taking tough decisions in difficult times. Germany has demonstrated this,” he stressed.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday announced the blocking of the certification of the pipeline, which was to transport Russian gas directly to Germany via the Baltic Sea floor, bypassing Ukrainian territory.
“Against the background of the escalating conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the German government halts the approval process for the Russian-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline until further notice,” the chancellor said.