Germany’s foreign minister does not believe that an energy embargo might help to put an end to the Ukraine conflict
German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock. © AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic
German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock has ruled out an import ban on Russian gas since Berlin does not believe that an energy embargo will make Russia drop its military action in Ukraine.
“If imposing a full embargo tomorrow could stop this war then we would do it immediately. Such a ban would only drive the price of this war even higher. But it wouldn’t be able to stop the killing tomorrow,” said Baerbock in an interview with a German broadcaster Tagesschau on Monday evening.
Berlin’s top diplomat has assured that the EU will eventually give up energy imports from Russia but it will take time. She has promised that in the next few days Brussels will discuss the issue. According to Baerbock, the EU as a whole is working to become less dependent on Russian gas. A member of the Greens party, she believes that a complete phase-out of fossil energy from Russia will be initiated in the near future.
Earlier the same day, the President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier admitted that he was wrong in his approach to Russia. “Me sticking with Nord Stream 2 was clearly a mistake,” he said. “We held on to bridges that Russia no longer believed in and that our partners warned us about.”