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“Gas is not a weapon” – Merkel defends Nord Stream 2 policy
Former President Angela Merkel defends her previous position on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. More on live ticker.
D.Former President Angela Merkel has backed her decision to build a North Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea. “I do not believe in change through trade, but through trade, with the world’s second largest nuclear power,” Merkel told the Editorial Network Germany (RND, Saturday). But it was not an easy decision.
“Study at the time: If North Stream 2 were in operation, Putin would no longer supply gas to Ukraine or attack it.” Western nations have confirmed that gas is still being shipped through Ukraine and that they will continue to receive traffic. There is a charge. Merkel pointed out that Russia had attacked Ukraine on February 24, when gas had not yet flowed through North Stream 2. “In this sense, gas is not a weapon,” Merkel said.
Merkel justified the practice at the time in economic terms. “At the time, the German economy opted for piped gas transport from Russia because it was economically cheaper than liquefied petroleum gas from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates and then the United States,” he explained.
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08:05 – Ukrainian band Band touches Europe and the United States
In solidarity with the victims of the war in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Independent Band (Ukrainian Independent Band) wants to tour Europe and the United States in the future.
Organizers said the group brings together Ukrainian musicians playing in various European bands and colleagues from Elviv, Kharkiv, Odessa and other cities. The rehearsal is scheduled to begin in Warsaw in mid-July. The tour begins on July 28 at the Polish National Opera. It is also scheduled to appear in Munich, Berlin and Hamburg in August.
06:31 – Russian media parade American soldiers captured in Ukraine
Russian media have shown two American soldiers fighting in the Ukrainian army and captured by troops loyal to Moscow. In an interview with the Kremlin-affiliated newspaper Izvestia, one of them justified himself by believing in Western “propaganda” about “bad Russians”, so he went to war, the paper showed on its Telegram channel on Thursday. “We did not mention in the Western media how inefficient and corrupt the Ukrainian military was,” he said.
The second prisoner appeared on the Kremlin’s Channel RT. He sent only a greeting to his mother and talked about the hope that he would be allowed to return home. According to Russian media, the two were from the US state of Alabama and were reportedly captured near Kharkiv.
It is not yet clear who captured them. This may be important for their future destiny. Troops of pro-Russian separatists from the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk are also fighting Russia. They have already sentenced three foreigners from the ranks of the Ukrainian military – two British and one Moroccan – to death in a show trial. On the other hand, the death penalty has been abolished in Russia.
1:18 am – SPD politician Barley demands stricter explanation of access criteria for Ukraine
Katarina Barley (SPD), vice president of the EU parliament, spoke in support of the accession without compromising on admission criteria, considering that negotiations with Ukraine are approaching. “There should be no emergency entrances. If you are in the EU, you cannot be excluded. We see this now in Hungary, a country that is systematically undermining the rule of law. It is important that the criteria for access, such as institutional stability, the functioning market economy and the rule of law, are fully met, “the SPD politician told Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (NOZ).)
12:11 am – Air Force Analyst: Use nuclear weapons if necessary
According to a media report, Inspector General of the Air Force Ingo Gerhardt warns NATO nations to use nuclear weapons in emergencies. Gerhard Kiel spoke at the International Maritime Energy Symposium on the need to reject the use of nuclear weapons, according to the “Built” report. “For credible prevention, we need both the means and the political will to implement the nuclear deterrent if necessary,” the newspaper quoted the general as saying.
10:38 pm – Zelenskyy: Ukrainian doctor Payevska released by Russia
According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, Russia has released a doctor who celebrated in his homeland and used bodyguards to record his work during the Russian occupation of the port city of Mariupol. Julija Bajevska handed over the footage from the Andhra News Agency on March 15. The next day she was captured by Russian troops. Bazhevska, also known as Tyra in Ukraine, “is already at home,” Zelenskyj said Friday. Ukraine continues to try to liberate all those held by Russia.
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