Maas: Germany's withdrawal from Nord Stream 2 would hurt Ukraine

Maas: Germany's withdrawal from Nord Stream 2 would hurt Ukraine

Germany's withdrawal from the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project would not halt the Russian project, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, adding that it would reduce Germany’s ability to advocate for some gas supplies to continue to be sent via Ukraine.

The minister said that Russia would press with building the pipeline, even if German firms dropped out.

"It would still be built, but there would not be anyone advocating for alternative gas transit through Ukraine. That is why we consider it important to remain engaged politically," Reuters cited Maas as saying.

Some German conservatives have urged a fresh look at the project after Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships and their crew off the coast of Crimea.

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