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Scholz Pledges to Defend Ukraine Gas Exports Against Russia

  • German chancellor cautious amid pressure on Putin over Ukraine
  • German foreign minister says pipeline can’t be certified yet
Olaf Scholz
Olaf ScholzPhotographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised that his government will “do everything” to ensure that natural gas continues to flow through Ukraine and prevent Russia from using its Nord Stream 2 pipeline to cripple the former Soviet republic’s economy.

During a three-hour trip to Poland on Sunday, Germany’s new leader didn’t directly address what, if any, action his government would take against the pipeline as Russia masses troops on Ukraine’s border.