Contents tagged with Germany

  • Russia promises to complete Nord Stream 2 this year

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will be fully completed by the end of 2021, TASS reports.

    According to Novak, the construction is proceeding according to schedule, and if there are no new obstacles, the pipeline can be put into operation by the end of 2021.

    Novak's words were indirectly confirmed by the CEO of the Austrian energy company, OMV Group, Reiner Seele. Speaking at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, he said that only 50 km …

  • German Green party leader demands that Nord Stream 2 be stopped

    Annalena Baerbock, co-leader of Alliance 90/The Greens, who was nominated by the party for the German Chancellor, argues that Russia should be treated with toughness and dialogue, and considers it necessary to stop the Nord Stream 2 project.

    "I think the right course of dialogue and toughness towards Russia is right," Baerbock, known for her critical statements against Moscow, said in an interview with Bild newspaper published on Monday. Asked by a journalist if she considered Russian …

  • Merkel wants to question Putin about Russia's role in hijacking Ryanair plane over Belarus

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes that Russia's role in the story of the forced landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk and the subsequent arrest of opposition blogger Roman Protasevich remains unclear. "It is well known that there are close relations between Belarus and Russia," she said at a press conference following the EU summit on Tuesday, May 25. As an example, confirming Moscow's possible involvement, Merkel mentioned the fact that some passengers of the plane did not fly to Vilnius …

  • Germany blocks sales of sanctioned technologies to Russia

    The Russian military industry continues to lose suppliers of Western technologies, which have to be purchased illegally because of the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union.

    On Tuesday, the German Prosecutor General's Office, together with customs officers, detained in Leipzig a businessman who had been selling sanctioned equipment to Russia since 2018.

    German citizen Alexander S., managing director of a trading firm in Saxony, cooperated with a Russian company whose …

  • Berlin gives permission to lay 2km of Nord Stream 2 pipeline in Baltic Sea

    The Nord Stream 2 AG consortium will be able to lay two kilometers of pipes in German waters in May. The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) said that it had agreed to immediately allow the construction under the permit issued on January 14. According to the statement, Nord Stream 2 AG is only allowed to lay the pipes on the bottom of the sea, and any installation work should be carried out later.

    The agency stressed that the decision was taken "after a thorough assessment of …

  • Germany suspends construction of Nord Stream 2

    The permit for the construction of Nord Stream 2 in Germany economic zone in the Baltic Sea has been suspended, reports Interfax citing German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).

    The permit, which was in effect until the end of May and applies to a 16-kilometer stretch of pipeline under construction, has been suspended due to a lawsuit filed by environmentalists, said a representative of BSH.

    In April, Germany's Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) tried to challenge …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany: Ukraine will consider restoring its nuclear status if not accepted in NATO

    If Ukraine is not accepted into NATO, it may consider restoring its nuclear status to defend against Russia, said Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk on Deutschlandfunk radio.

    According to him, to date, about 90,000 Russian military personnel have been transferred to the borders of Ukraine, the annexed Crimea and territories of the Donbas which are not under Kyiv’s control. The intelligence information indicates that their number will increase to 110,000.

    The Ambassador drew …

  • German media sounds alarm over Russian navigation systems installed on Bundeswehr submarines

    German Navy submarines use Russian navigation systems produced by the company Transas. The warships were equipped wit these navigation systems during the time of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. According to Bild, Russian software has been used on 100 vessels since 2005.

    The publication, citing expert assessments, writes that "encryption of data in these systems does not meet the military standards" and the equipment can be used for cyberattacks "potentially resulting in the complete loss of …

  • EU: Germany is the main target of Russian disinformation campaign

    Germany has become the target of Russian disinformation campaigns more often than other EU countries, said the European External Action Service (EEAS) in a report.

    The report was prepared by the working group on strategic communications "East StratCom" created to counter disinformation from Russia.

    "No other EU Member State is attacked more fiercely through disinformation than Germany," the report says. According to EEAS, this is a campaign both at the political level and in the pro-Kremlin …

  • Construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline delayed by half a year

    The completion of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline continues to be postponed.According to Interfax, the operator of the project, Gazprom's Swiss-registered subsidiary Nord Stream 2 AG, has postponed the completion date in Danish territorial waters by another five months. About 160 km of pipe remain to be laid there.In a new Notice to Mariners published by the Danish Maritime Authority, the company says it plans to continue work until September 2021. Two months ago, in a similar document, the deadline …