In the event of a conflict between Russia and Ukraine, “the threat to the Nord Stream 2 project becomes very much real,” the head of the leading faction of the European Parliament – the European People’s Party (EPP) – Manfred Weber said, German media reported.
He made such a statement in an interview published on Sunday with the newspaper Bild am Sonntag. Weber claims that “the threat to Ukraine in light of the recent deployment of Russian troops on the border is real.”
“This situation is very alarming. The escalation of the conflict in the east of Ukraine is not ruled out,” he said. According to Weber, the current situation is “a test for NATO and the Western community.”
The MEP expressed the opinion that “the North Atlantic Alliance has made it clear that the Russian action against Ukraine will have a high price.” Weber called on Germany’s new ruling coalition (Social Democratic Party of Germany, Greens and Liberals) to clearly name this “price”.
In his opinion, if Russia uses weapons in the region, then the “Nord Stream-2″ gas pipeline is over,” Russia’s position Recently, in Western countries, as well as in Ukraine, statements have been made about a possible Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory.
The press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov called such information an empty and groundless escalation of tension.
Peskov stressed that Russia poses no threat to anyone. At the same time, the Russian diplomat did not rule out the possibility of further provocations by the West. He warned that attempts to resolve the crisis in southeastern Ukraine by force would have the most severe consequences.
Peskov also assured that Russia is making every possible effort to help Ukraine resolve the conflict in Donbass, while remaining committed to the Normandy format and the Minsk agreements.