Austria: EU sanctions on Ukraine will not affect SP-2

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg

Europe is dependent on Russian energy carriers and “will not be able to change this overnight,” the Austrian minister believes.

EU sanctions against Russia in the event of an escalation in Ukraine will not apply to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said in an interview with the Austrian newspaper Presse am Sonntag.

“Austria rejects nuclear power. If we exclude nuclear energy, coal, and then gas from the equation, we will have problems,” the minister said.

He added that Europe is dependent on Russian energy carriers. “We in Europe are to a certain extent dependent on energy from Russia. We cannot change this overnight if we want to receive heat and electricity,” the minister said.

Schallenberg assured that the response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would be unequivocal and swift, and that it would be extensive economic sanctions.

Previously it was reported that UK to impose sanctions in relation to Russia, not only in the event of an invasion of the territory of Ukraine, but also in the event that Moscow establishes a “puppet regime” in Kiev.

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