Ukraine war: The Greens demand a review of Schweizig’s role in Nord Stream 2

sGreen Party politicians have called for a review of the role of Prime Minister Manuela Schweig (SPD) of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in relation to the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline,” said Federal President of the Greens, Omid Nouribur, “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (Tuesday). The preceding is not enough.” “A” oops, it was probably a “I won’t” error.

The head of the Bundestag’s Europe Committee, Anton Hofriter, also called for an in-depth investigation. “How the government in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania became adherents of Nord Stream 2 in order to promote the construction of the Baltic Sea pipeline urgently needs to be clarified,” the politician from the Green Party told the newspaper. He said work must be done through the “failed German policy towards Russia” – including the role of the CDU. The union’s foreign expert, Norbert Röttgen, had earlier suggested that Schweig should resign if the facts described in the media applied.

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The spokesman for the eastern regional group of the SPD parliamentary group, Frank Young, accused the CDU of lying. “If you think that Chancellor (Angela) Merkel has shaped the foreign policy of our country towards Russia over the past 16 years, and if you take into account that in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, the coalition of the SPD and the CDU supported the Nord Stream 2 settlement and It’s very surprising, said Junji of the “Rheinische Post” (Tuesday) that the founding of the Climate Foundation together from the beginning, and then the calls to resign from the ranks of the CDU to Manuela Schwezeig. Not only were the allegations far-fetched, they also seemed false.

At the beginning of 2021, a climate facility was set up in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to help complete the pipeline despite threats of US sanctions. As recently published documents show, Nord Stream 2 AG, with Russia’s state-owned Gazprom as the largest shareholder, was directly involved in the preparations for the enterprise. State Home Secretary Christian Level (SPD) acknowledged that as Secretary of Energy at the time, he was in regular contact with Nord Stream 2 while working on the platform and incorporating the company’s wishes.

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Schweig also acknowledged that there were talks, but dismissed reports that Nord Stream 2 was responsible for founding the foundation. “We made our decisions ourselves in the state government, in the state parliament, and no one else.”

Ukraine News – all the events in the live broadcast tape:

7:22 a.m. – SPD leaders spoke with the Ukrainian ambassador

After the spat between former SPD leader and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, Andrei Melnik, at the weekend, incumbent Presidents Saskia Eskin and Lars Klingbeil met with the diplomat. “Especially at times when our hearts are heavy and discussions are sometimes heated, maintaining open conversations and trust is even more valuable,” Esken wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning.

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7:19 a.m. – Union faction threatens to apply for German arms shipments

The Union faction Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Social Democratic Party) threatened to pressure the Bundestag with a request to deliver German weapons to Ukraine. “We want to support the federal government in this crisis,” the leader of the Union Parliamentary Group (CDU) Johann Wadfull wrote on Twitter. If Schulz does not act on the issue of arms delivery, he should expect a request from the CDU and CSU in the Bundestag next week.

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04:00 – IG Bau: Do not use Ukrainian refugees as cheap labor

The industrial association Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (IG Bau) has warned against exploiting refugees from Ukraine as cheap labour. As the union announced Tuesday in Frankfurt am Main, companies are desperately looking for employees, whether it’s construction, farming or building cleaning. “Some bosses want to hire well-qualified refugees more often today than tomorrow – but often on poor terms,” ​​said Robert Weger, head of the union, of the German news agency dpa. As an example, cite seasonal workers in agriculture who will not have social and health insurance coverage for up to 70 days.

No company should now take advantage of the status of people seeking protection in Germany. “There shouldn’t be any second-rate employees,” Weger said. Even if a small percentage of refugees remain in Germany, the course of integration into the labor market must now be determined. Recognition of foreign educational qualifications, simplified access to language courses and increased efforts in childcare are important.

03:02 – United States of America – Ukraine war exacerbates global food security crisis

The US government is holding a high-level panel meeting on Tuesday to discuss the global response to the food security crisis. According to the US Treasury, this will be exacerbated by Russia’s war against Ukraine. “Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is deeply concerned about the impact of Russia’s brutal war on the global economy, including the risk of increasing food insecurity in emerging and developing countries,” a senior Treasury official said Monday.

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At the meeting, the international financial institutions should share their knowledge on the main causes of increased food insecurity, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and strengthen their measures to combat food shortages.

The US Treasury said that the meeting will also be attended by the heads of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, ministers from the Group of Seven and Group of Twenty, and technical experts from international financial institutions.

02:35 a.m. – Pentagon: First US weapons from new aid package delivered

The first shipments of arms from the new US military aid package to Ukraine have arrived at the country’s borders. Four aircraft delivered military equipment to Ukraine on Sunday, a senior US Defense Department official said on Monday, asking not to be named. A fifth trip will follow shortly.

On Wednesday, the White House announced new military assistance worth $800 million (about 737 million euros) to fight Ukraine’s armed forces against invading Russian forces. The new aid package includes 18,155 mm howitzers, 200 M113 armored personnel carriers, eleven Mi-17 helicopters, 100 other armored vehicles and artillery ammunition.

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said US forces stationed on the eastern side of NATO should begin training Ukrainian military personnel to use 155mm howitzers “within the next few days.” The United States is delivering these weapons to Ukraine for the first time. The 155 mm howitzer is the latest version of this type of weapon.

1:37 am – BKA: 200 crimes a week in connection with the Ukraine war

The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) records about 200 crimes per week in Germany in connection with the war in Ukraine. BKA President Holger Münch told “Tagesspiegel” (Tuesday) from Berlin that the crimes were mostly directed against members of our community of Russian origin, but also against individuals of Ukrainian origin. These are mainly crimes such as threats, insults, and property destruction.

1:33 am – Biden to speak with allies about Ukraine war on Tuesday

US President Joe Biden plans to speak to allies about the war in Ukraine on Tuesday. “The president will hold a video call with allies and partners to discuss our continued support for Ukraine and our efforts to hold Russia accountable as part of our close coordination,” the statement said.

1:03 am – Human rights commissioner warns against boycott of Russian culture

The Federal Government’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Amtsberg, has warned against a boycott of Russian culture in Germany. “The wrong outcome of Putin’s war would be to not go to Russian restaurants or boycott Russian art and culture,” said the green politician from the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (NOZ). “Talk to each other, also in the field of arts and culture, and make sure that there is no common relationship between all Russians in this war of aggression.”

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On the rejection of Russian literature in some stores, Amtsberg said: “I find it quite wrong that stores seem to take the works of writers Dostoevsky and Tolstoy off the shelves. Putin alone is not Russia, and he is certainly not a symbol of Russian culture.” It is also wrong to be anti-Russian. in any way or to blame them for the war.”

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