The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) appealed to the Federal Government and to the Democratic Parties in Germany urging that they impose an immediate moratorium on construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
As the UWC press service informs, the appeal states that the moratorium should be used to clarify the strategic implications of Nord Stream 2, particularly with respect to the security of Ukraine and of the EU’s eastern member states; undertake a detailed life cycle assessment of the project and have its climate impacts examined by an independent body; push forward with a common European energy policy; resolve the transatlantic differences relating to Nord Stream 2; and discuss principal issues of controversy between the EU and the Kremlin and reassess Nord Stream 2 in that light of this discussion.
“A moratorium for Nord Stream 2 represents a chance to arrive at a common European position. It would deliver a clear message to Russia’s leadership that there are consequences for continuing violations of international law and for undermining the rules-based European order,” UWC President Paul Grod emphasises.
The organisation underscores that Nord Stream 2 undermines European cohesion and transatlantic relations; conflicts with the new European and German climate goals; threatens the already precarious security of Ukraine; and runs counter to the aim of a common EU external energy policy.
The UWC calls on all Ukrainian and Eastern European communities together with all friends of Ukraine to join the appeal and urge their respective governments to support the moratorium on Nord Stream 2.
Earlier, the Ukrainian World Congress addressed an official letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on the eve of the 14 June summit of Allies’ leaders in Brussels, urging to grant Ukraine the Membership Action Plan.