BERLIN — The German government has rejected suggestions that it could activate the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany to compensate for reduced flows through Ukraine.
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A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Energy said on Wednesday that Germany was currently receiving a quarter less gas via Ukraine after Ukrainian authorities shut down a pipeline, saying it no longer controlled a compressor station key in the hands of the Russians.
Annika Einhorn, spokeswoman for the ministry, said the shortfall was partly offset by increased supplies from Norway and the Netherlands.
“Nord Stream 2 is really dead after Russia attacked Ukraine and no one is thinking of moving on to that,” she said.
She also noted that the majority of Russian gas reaches Germany via a sister pipeline, Nord Stream 1, rather than via Ukraine.
Germany has pledged to end Russian natural gas imports by 2024 at the latest.