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Green Manager Anna Lena Baerbock has demanded the stop of a Foundation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to support the construction of Nord Stream 2. The establishment of a Foundation for the completion of the Pipeline in the Baltic sea emphasize that it was by no means a purely entrepreneurial project, said Baerbock of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. “The fact that Russian money, a Foundation under the guise of climate protection is financed, which is used solely for the completion of the Pipeline, is simply outrageous. Not only climate policy, but especially in geo-strategic terms.”

Last week, the Schwerin state Parliament had cleared the way for the establishment of a national environmental Foundation. The community-based Foundation aims to promote projects in the environmental-, nature – and climate protection, but also commercially active can be. Thus, it is planned to purchase by the Foundation components and machinery for the completion of the pipeline is essential. In order threatened sanctions of the USA against the construction of the pipeline companies involved should be avoided.

Baerbock said the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, Nord Stream 2 will not be used to secure the gas supply. The existing pipeline network is insufficient for completely. Proponents of the pipeline, however, point to the fact that the import demand for natural gas in Europe will increase in the coming years, among other things, because the production in traditional producing countries such as the UK or the Netherlands going back.

The US dual strategy

The United States, in turn, with different arguments in Front against the project: they warn of a growing dependency of Europe from Russia, a possible destabilization of the Ukraine and billion win, the will to use the Kremlin for sinister purposes. In addition, U.S. politicians are promoting but also offensive in the EU to replace Russian pipeline gas by LNG exports from North America.

Green boss Baerbock from the Kremlin would deal with the Pipeline, the Ukraine and Poland as transit countries. “The German government is enough of it for the past years, the Hand – despite the criticism of many European neighbours and of the EU-Parliament – is bad enough,” said the Green politician. That Mecklenburg-Vorpommers Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) is a public-law Foundation reasons, a strategic project of the Kremlin hedge “totally unacceptable”.

Environmental and climate change activists, the planned Foundation are also critical. So, the activists of the “Fridays for Future objected” against the plans. The German environmental aid is to tackle not only politically, but also legally against the Foundation. Federal foreign Minister Heiko Maas had also expressed scepticism regarding the establishment of the Foundation. “It is a decision that has been made in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is not a decision of the Federal government,” said the SPD politician on Monday.

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