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Merkel: Germany won't become dependent on Russia for gas due to Nord Stream

Staff Writer | February 8, 2019
Germany will not become dependent on Russia for gas due to Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, stressing that it was crucial to ensure Ukraine remained a transit country for gas, Reuters reports.
Angela Merkel
Europe   Chancellor Angela Merkel
“Do we become dependent on Russia due to this second gas pipeline? I say ‘no’, if we diversify at the same time,” Merkel told a news conference in Bratislava, where she met the leaders of the Visegrad group - Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Diplomatic sources have said Germany is pressuring other European capitals to block an EU proposal to regulate Nord Stream 2 ahead of a key meeting on Friday but may fail to convince France, threatening the project’s construction.