Germany stops Nord Stream 2 pipeline, US weighs response to Russian action in Ukraine

Written by on February 22, 2022

  • German chancellor says the federal government will ‘reassess’ certification of Nord Stream 2.
  • UN Safety Council holds emergency session, noting ‘threat of main battle is actual.’
  • Blinken will meet with Ukraine’s international minister Tuesday in Washington.

Western allies levied important response on Russia’s actions towards Ukraine on Tuesday, as world leaders denounced President Vladimir Putin’s actions in jap Ukraine. 

Because the Kremlin laid the groundwork to roll troops into two breakaway areas, Germany introduced it was making ready to carry the Nord Stream 2 gasoline pipeline to a grinding halt.

A day after Putin declared Moscow would recognized the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk, Russian lawmakers ratified the association, permitting for the Kremlin to supply navy assist there.

Putin had ordered troops Monday to “preserve peace” within the provinces shortly after recognizing the Russian-backed areas as impartial, stoking fears {that a} Russian invasion could possibly be coming quickly.

Convoys of armored automobiles have been seen rolling throughout the separatist-controlled territories late Monday. It wasn’t instantly clear in the event that they have been Russian.

World leaders condemned Putin’s actions, and penalties from the U.S. have been swift.

President Joe Biden signed an govt order in brief order on Monday to sanction any Individuals who spend money on the jap Ukraine areas, with a promise of extra to return.

“We plan to announce new sanctions on Russia tomorrow in response to Moscow’s choices and actions at the moment,” a White Home spokesperson confirmed late Monday night time.

Extra:The enigma of Vladimir Putin: What do we really know about Russia’s leader?

Nord Stream 2 halted

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated his authorities would “reassess” the certification of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which hasn’t begun working but.

The $11 billion, Russian-owned pure gasoline pipeline snakes westward from Russia to northeastern Germany for greater than 700 miles underneath the Baltic Sea. The pipeline was launched in 2015 and follows an analogous route to a different pipeline, Nord Stream 1, which was accomplished in 2011.

Owned by Gazprom, a Russian state-controlled firm, Nord Stream 2 was accomplished final yr and has the capability to deal with 55 billion cubic meters of gasoline per yr as soon as it turns into operational. 

The choice is a major transfer for the German authorities, which had lengthy resisted pulling the plug on the challenge regardless of stress from the US and a few European international locations to take action.

Scholz stated that the federal government had determined to “reassess” the certification of the pipeline, which hasn’t begun working but, in gentle of the newest developments.

Germany meets a couple of quarter of its power wants with pure gasoline, a share that may improve within the coming years because the nation switches off its final three nuclear energy crops and phases out the usage of coal. About half of the pure gasoline utilized in Germany comes from Russia.

Extra:How the Nord Stream 2 pipeline became a bargaining chip in the crisis between Russia and Ukraine

UN Safety Council meets in emergency session

The U.N. Safety Council held an emergency assembly Monday night time on the request of Ukraine, the US and 6 different international locations, together with Russia, which holds the rotating council presidency.

Undersecretary-Common Rosemary DiCarlo opened the session late Monday with a warning that “the chance of main battle is actual and must be prevented in any respect prices.”

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield stated Putin “has put earlier than the world a selection” and it “should not look away” as a result of “historical past tells us that wanting the opposite approach within the face of such hostility will likely be a much more expensive path.”

A man holds the remains of a mortar which exploded in front of a building in the town of Schastia, near the eastern Ukraine city of Luhansk, on Feb. 22, 2022, a day after Russia recognized east Ukraine's separatist republics and ordered the Russian army to send troops there as "peacekeepers."

Extra:Putin orders troops to two Ukraine regions after declaring their independence

Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador demanded that Russia cancel its recognition of the independence of the separatist areas within the east, instantly withdraw its “occupation troops” and return to negotiations.

Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, stated Putin acted in response to Ukrainian aggression. He stated Russia was open to diplomacy however wouldn’t enable “a brand new massacre within the Donbas.”

China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun known as for restraint and a diplomatic answer to the disaster.

Blinken to fulfill Ukrainian counterpart

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sought to challenge calm, telling the nation in an handle in a single day: “We aren’t afraid of anybody or something. We don’t owe anybody something. And we gained’t give something to anybody.”

His international minister, Dmytro Kuleba, will likely be in Washington on Tuesday to fulfill with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the State Division stated.

People wave Russian national flags to celebrate, in the center of Donetsk, the territory controlled by pro-Russian militants, eastern Ukraine, late Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. In a fast-moving political theater, Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved quickly to recognize the independence of separatist regions in eastern Ukraine in a show of defiance against the West amid fears of Russian invasion in Ukraine.

Putin acknowledges Donetsk, Luhansk

In a lengthy speech on Monday, Putin justified his choice to acknowledge the independence of the Russian-backed separatist areas Luhansk and Donetsk. He blamed NATO for the present disaster and known as the U.S.-led alliance an existential risk to Russia.

Putin instantly threatened pro-democracy activists and civil servants who had led the pro-democracy push within the nation after the 2014 revolution ousting a pro-Russian authorities.

“We all know their names, and we are going to discover them and convey them to justice,” he stated.

The Russian president additionally claimed, with out proof, that Ukraine was making ready to develop its personal nuclear weapons that might threaten Russia.

Contributing: Courtney Subramanian, Matthew Brown, Joey Garrison, USA TODAY; Related Press

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