MIL OSI translation. Region: Germany/Germany –
Source: Die Linke“Robert Habeck announces the second stage of the gas emergency plan. The reason for this is the reduced gas supplies from Russia through Nord Stream 1, which are related, among other things, to the regular maintenance work on the pipeline. This will lead to further extreme increases in energy prices. Habeck cannot say what measures should be taken to ensure that households and businesses are not overwhelmed by the price burden in the coming months. There is a broad consensus among experts that it is hardly possible to completely do without Russian natural gas this year without causing serious supply bottlenecks – Habeck’s own ministry also admitted this at the end of April. In order to avert harm to their own citizens, the German government and the EU should urgently review their energy sanctions against Russia. They hardly work against Russia, they endanger their own industry and increasingly affect their own population,” says Klaus Ernst, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Protection and Energy. Ernst continues: “We support sanctions against oligarchs. But we need diplomatic efforts to end this war and we need to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine. But it is unacceptable that the federal government has been tightening the sanctions screw in the energy sector for months and is now surprised that Russia is probably curbing its deliveries. The federal government should recognize that a short-term renunciation of Russian energy will not slow down the Russian army and massively harm its own people and companies. We don’t need a sanctions policy that is only symbolic and makes our own employees, pensioners and families suffer.”
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