Friday, September 25, 2020

Nord Stream 2: east german prime minister is Putin's most outspoken support for Nord Stream 2

 Manuela Schwesig prime minister of the Land Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania is Putin's mouthpiece when it comes to defend the contentious pipeline project Nord Stream 2 against sanctions and critics, writes Bild. She is member of the social-democratic party SPD just like former chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who is chairman of the board of directors of Nord Stream 2.

"The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is THE project close to the heart of Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin. And whenever there is criticism of the project in Germany, he can be sure of the support of a politician: Manuela Schwesig (46, SPD).
The Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is an ardent advocate of the pipeline, which hits German soil in her state and with which Putin rakes in his gas billions.
Putin's most ardent comrade is Schwesig!
In the Bundestag on Friday, Schwesig claimed that Nord Stream 2 was “not just a Russian project”. A week ago she even claimed: “The Baltic Sea Pipeline is NOT a Russian project.” Wrong! Nord Stream 2 AG, which operates the pipeline alone, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the state gas company Gazprom.
Second lobby success for Putin on Friday: The heads of government of the eastern German federal states agreed on a resolution in which “the completion of the Baltic Sea pipeline continues to be sensible and correct”. DESPITE the poison attack on Russian oppositionist Alexej Navalny (44).
Amazing: That is the defused version, in the original Schwesig draft it was said that the Navalny case “must not be misused for domestic political tactics”, that the US government's threat of sanctions against the Russian pipe should be “strongly condemned and rejected " will.
THAT went too far even for the five other East Prime Ministers, the paper was defused.
Surprised? No! Since the beginning of the pipeline project, the Kremlin around Schwesig and her predecessor Erwin Sellering (70, SPD) has created a dense network of lobbyists. The state benefits economically, the pipeline construction creates jobs and investments.
Schwesig repeatedly meets Gerhard Schröder (76), Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nord Stream 2
Schwesig repeatedly meets Gerhard Schröder (76), Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nord Stream 2
Since 2002, the partner region of Meck.-Pomm has been the Leningrad region, in which Russia's state gas giant Gazprom has its headquarters. Since 2014, the state has held the "Russia Day" every two years, at which Russian politicians and oligarchs bluntly call on German companies to put pressure on politicians to dismantle the sanctions against Putin's regime.
With success! Manuela Schwesig is for an end to the punitive measures and against any new sanctions. Crimea annexation, Ukraine war and Navalny poisoning or not. In 2019, the state parliament in Schwerin, dominated by Schwesig's SPD, then launched a "German-Russian partnership agreement" between Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Russia, which has not yet been signed due to Corona.
The Green Bundestag member Claudia Müller (39) from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania said to BILD, "instead of acting in the interests of their own federal state," Schwesig put himself at the service of a Russian company based in Switzerland ". In addition, Müller said, who accused Schwesig during her speech that she would “harm our state”, that Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Prime Minister had revealed in her speech to the Bundestag “how little she believes in the implementation of the energy transition”.
As vehemently as Schwesig advocates the expansion of Nord Stream 2 without fully exploiting the possibilities of renewable energies, it is damaging "the economic development of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania"."

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