The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed the 202 National Defense Authorization Act, which included not only military aid to Ukraine, but also sanctions against Russian gas pipelines – Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream.
Germany has already expressed protest in this regard, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that U.S. restrictions are unable to stop the construction process.
However, let's talk about something other than the long-awaited fact of sanction approval, namely, a certain EU member state, which ahead of the U.S. vote had tried its best to legislatively protect Russian pipes from any restrictions. Of course, it's Germany.Some of you might have forgotten, so I'll remind you that on November 6, the German Bundestag's Committee on Economic Affairs was considering a bill, which could hypothetically put Nord Stream 2 beyond the scope of the EU energy directives and protect the pipe against the influence of sanctions.
Noteworthy, both the debate and voting were in the best traditions of any dictatorship, which is simply unimaginable for a democratic and tolerant Germany.
That day, Joachim Pfeiffer, an MP with the ruling coalition of CDU-CSU first said these amendments were off the table, but literally 23 minutes before the vote close they were re-installed for consideration. That's why the vote was held overnight.
This unexpected twist by CDU-CSU and the Free Democrats coalition sparked outrage among other MPs. After all, everyone is aware that Herr Pfeiffer would never go for a rogue move and act without coordination with the party and the CDU "shadow cardinal", Chancellor Angela Merkel.
But that's not all.
As you know, two Russian diplomats were recently expelled from Germany over the murder of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili. It is noteworthy that one of them was the GRU military intel operative on active service, Yevgeny Sutskiy. The latest report by Bild said Sutskiy had been working to infiltrate the CDU in the interests of the Nord Stream 2 issue.
At a Chinese Embassy reception, a German intermediary introduced Sutskiy to Salahdin Koban, a former candidate for the Bundestag seat from the CDU. From 2016 to 2017, Koban worked for Joachim Pfeiffer, the MP I mentioned earlier.
You can see how deep GRU tentacles have reached into the Bundestag to get hold of Pfeiffer, who in recent months has so zealously and fiercely defended Nord Stream 2.
Said developments raise certain thoughts… Indeed, while a number of experts in Germany voice doubts on the appropriateness of opting for Russian gas supplies via the Nord Stream 2 pipe rather than going for LNG supplies from the U.S. and Qatar, as well as the rapidly developing alternative energy sources, the Bundestag is so eagerly lobbying and trying to protect the Russian pipe.
I believe the answer is pretty obvious to the question, whether this is done out of concern for the future of Germany, or for some Nord Stream AG shareholders' lucrative prospects. It's also sad to see that the Bundestag today has to a large extent compromised itself.
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