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Cutting the branch we sit on – a top German politician called for the lifting of energy sanctions against Russia

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Only the Germans themselves suffer from the absolutely failed German sanctions policy towards Russia, Klaus Ernst, a German politician, and head of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Climate Protection, said in an interview with the Rheinische Post. For Moscow, the punitive measures bring benefits, namely, an increase in income from the sale of raw materials at high prices. In this regard, he calls for the lifting of sanctions and the start of negotiations with the Kremlin, including on the temporary launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

By adopting energy sanctions against Russia, Germany is ‘chopping the branch it sits on,’ Klaus Ernst, deputy of the Bundestag from the Left party, head of the parliamentary committee on energy and climate protection, told the Rheinische Post. 

Instead, the German government should do everything to ensure the country’s energy supply, he stressed. And for this you need to talk with Russia, despite the hostilities in Ukraine: ‘If necessary, and about temporarily putting Nord Stream 2 into operation, if it is impossible to provide gas supply in a different way.’

‘Not only will citizens suffer greatly from a gas supply failure, but it will also lead to catastrophic consequences for industry,’ Ernst warns. – Many enterprises do not have the opportunity to transfer their production processes to other energy sources. They depend on natural gas to sustain production. In the short term, this threatens to lose jobs, which in itself is already bad. Interruptions in gas supply could cause irreparable damage to Germany’s industrial backbone.’

The German politician is convinced that Berlin underestimates the threat: ‘Now you should not advise people to turn down the heat or stop heating the pools. It doesn’t solve the problem. It is necessary to prevent gas rationing in the industry and ensure the provision of homes and businesses in the coming months.’ He also demanded that the German government curb the rise in energy prices.

Anti-Russian energy sanctions do not work, Ernst states. On the contrary, they only bring benefits to Russia: ‘Yes, they lead to a decrease in sales, but the income from these sales is higher on average. From January to May this year, Russia’s current account with the rest of the world increased by almost 3.5 times compared to the same period last year. Explosive growth in the prices of commodities such as oil and gas has led to the fact that Russia as a whole began to earn more from the sale of energy than before. In this way, our sanctions benefit Russia.’

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The Germans and the German economy suffer from this ‘absolutely failed sanctions policy,’ Ernst concludes: ‘Russia, on the other hand, rejoices in the rise in prices for its energy products and how diligently we cut the branch on which we sit.’

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