Boris Johnson calls for Germany to be more independent from Russian gas


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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged Germany to reduce its dependence on Russian gas amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged Germany to reduce its dependence on Russian gas amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Foreign Minister Liz Truss had previously called for an end to the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany in the event of an escalation.

One has to respect the fact that Germany is more dependent on Russian gas than Great Britain, Johnson said on Tuesday when asked by a member of the London House of Commons. “Their sacrifice would be quite large, but we have to hope that they make this sacrifice for the sake of peace,” said the conservative politician with regard to the Federal Republic. Germany’s role is absolutely crucial.

With a massive Russian troop deployment near Ukraine, there are fears in the West that the Kremlin may be planning an invasion of the neighboring country. However, it is also considered possible that fears are only being stirred up in order to persuade the NATO states to make concessions when demands for new security guarantees are made. It is Russia’s declared goal, for example, that NATO refrain from further eastward expansion and withdraw its armed forces from eastern alliance states. NATO and the EU reject these demands as unacceptable. (dpa)


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