Hardt calls for reducing gas dependency on Russia: “Don’t become subject to political blackmail”

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Jürgen Hardt (CDU) © Britta Pedersen / dpa

Because of the conflict with Moscow, the CDU foreign policy expert Jürgen Hardt calls for a reduction in German demand for Russian natural gas supplies.

Berlin – “I think it is impossible that we remain highly dependent on gas supplies from Russia if Russia is such a critical partner under international law,” he said on Tuesday on RBB Inforadio. If Russia invades Ukraine, it must be clear that the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 2 cannot go online.

“I think that in general in Europe we have to think about how far we make ourselves dependent on individual gas sources,” Hardt continued. “I can imagine that we will diversify more so that we don’t become subject to political blackmail. Of course, that depends on how Russia behaves in the next few weeks.”

On the question of further sanctions against Russia, Hardt spoke out against the proposal to exclude the country from the Swift international payment system. After all, Germany also has to pay its Russian gas bills, he argues.

In addition, such a step could artificially split the world into two financial worlds: “I can well imagine that Beijing would very much welcome such a step, because they would of course offer Russia a payment system based on Chinese financial power develop,” said Hardt.

Against the background of the conflict with Russia, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) met with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow this morning. On Monday, Baerbock met her Ukrainian colleague Dmytro Kuleba and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kiev.

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