German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock has ruled out an import ban on Russian gas because the Berlin government does not believe that an energy embargo will make Russia end its military offensive 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,” Baerbock opined in an interview with German broadcaster Tagesschau on Monday evening.
Berlin’s top diplomat has promised that European Union members will eventually give up energy imports from Russia but warned 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 Green 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 suggested that he had been wrong in his approach to Russia. “Me sticking with Nord Stream 2 [a now frozen gas pipeline] was clearly a mistake,” he said. “We held on to bridges that Russia no longer believed in and that our partners warned us about.”