According to Lower Saxony's Prime Minister Stephan Weil, gas will never flow from Russia to Germany through the Nord Stream 2 pipeline - not even after the end of the era of President Vladimir Putin. "The loss of trust is so fundamental that there will never again be a situation in which a German federal government can rely on energy from Russia," said the SPD politician to the German Press Agency. He is very sure: "Nord Stream 2 will never go into operation."
Weil said there would be no more energy partnership with Russia. "The Russians burned all bridges long ago by destroying the most important asset in a partnership: trust." Anyone who now agrees to cooperate with Russia would have to fear being tricked a second time. "This cooperation is irretrievably destroyed. And the West will recover faster than Russia."