Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 04.01.2019
Germany is a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the next two years. Germany’s plans announced for the time that it holds that seat do not mention anything about the Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine or any measures Germany will take to stop it. At the same time, Germany is forging ahead with its partnership with invader-of-Ukraine Russia in the Nord Stream 2 scheme to decimate the Ukrainian economy and sabotage the energy security of Europe. The result of Germany’s appeasement of the Russian Federation in the UN Security Council and support of Russian aggression through Nord Stream 2 will be to shatter the unity of the European Union and possibly doom the freedom and independence of Ukraine.
At the start of 2019 Germany took up a seat on the UN Security Council. Germany announced “big plans” for its two-year tenancy which turn out to be modest. The Foreign Minister of Germany, Heiko Maas, said that his priorities would be strengthening multilateralism, advocating a strong role for women, opposing the deployment of medium-range missiles in Europe, and pushing for a seat for the EU on the UN Security Council. All of these proposals are procedural. None are active. None address the war that is raging in the heart of Europe as the Russian Federation is invading Ukraine.
While Germany announced its plans for passivity in the UN when it comes to Russian aggression, it is moving ahead recklessly with Nord Stream 2. Germany – despite the strong opposition of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, the European Council, the European Parliament, and the United States – is putting its head down and charging ahead with Gazprom’s Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline. The Kremlin’s purpose in building Nord Stream 2 is to bypass Ukraine as a transit country for natural gas. Nord Stream 2 is a political project to deprive the Ukrainian economy of revenue from gas transit, finance the Russian war machine, and remove the last impediment to a full invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. Along the way, Nord Stream 2 will wreck Europe’s energy security and make Germany more of a vassal state of Muscovy when it comes to energy dependency.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, has eloquently stated the case that German collaboration with the Russians on Nord Stream 2 is a stab in the back to Ukraine and a bringer of discord to European unity. In an interview with Germany’s Handelsblatt Today on January 3, Minister Czaputowicz said that “Nord Stream 2 kills Ukraine.” He continued: “If Russian gas transit through Ukraine is over, the country will lose not only substantial revenues, but above all the guarantee of protection against further acts of Russian aggression.” The Polish foreign minister says this because the Russian Federation is already at war with Ukraine. For the Russians to conquer Ukraine militarily now would risk gas transit and gas transit revenue. But all the Russians have to do is wait for the completion of Nord Stream 2 when there will be no such impediment to annihilating Ukraine.
Germany is generating a crisis of confidence in the European Union by its reckless support of the Kremlin’s Nord Stream 2 political project against Ukraine. Polish foreign affairs minister Jacek Czaputowicz says that Nord Stream 2 undoes all the work of sanctions that were imposed when the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine, the largest country that lies wholly within Europe. “Poland, the U.S., and the European Commission represent a pro-European position here, while Germany – an anti-European position,” he said. Showing the bitterness of the divide in Europe, he accused Germany and Austria of “reckless deception” when it comes to Nord Stream 2.
2019 is the sixth calendar year of the Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine. There can be no greater priority for Germany at the UN and with its foreign policy in general than to stop Russian aggression and bring peace to Europe. Especially after the Russians committed an act of war on 25 November 2018 by attacking the Ukrainian Navy, Germany must make ending Putin’s War its top priority. Germany must confront the Russian aggressor in the UN Security Council and thereby stand up for Europe. Germany must kill the Nord Stream 2 project and thereby side with Europe-defender Ukraine rather than Europe-invader Russia.