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Germany Is Ready to Hit Nord Stream 2 to Counter Russian Aggression

  • Top envoy says retaliation would come if energy weaponized
  • Russia’s Lavrov says targeting pipeline is ‘counterproductive’
The Nord Stream 2 gas receiving station in Lubmin, Germany.

The Nord Stream 2 gas receiving station in Lubmin, Germany.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock made it clear on a visit to Moscow that the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline would be a target for retaliation if Russia uses energy as a weapon.

U.S. and European concerns about the risk of a Russian invasion of Ukraine are growing as diplomatic efforts to broker a solution to the worst security crisis since the Cold War make little apparent headway. Baerbock -- a long-time critic of the gas link -- underscored the threat, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov standing next to her.