Germany, a founding member of NATO and the European Union, has shocked the West by resuming LNG trade with Russia. This move comes at a time when Russia is waging a brutal war against Ukraine, and has been widely condemned as a betrayal of the West.
Germany’s decision to resume LNG trade with Russia is a major blow to Western unity and solidarity. It sends a signal to Russia that Germany is not prepared to stand up to it, even in the face of its aggression against Ukraine. It also sends a message to other NATO members that Germany is not a reliable ally.
There are a number of reasons why Germany may have decided to resume LNG trade with Russia. One possibility is that Germany is concerned about its own energy security. Germany relies heavily on Russian gas, and it is worried that Russia could cut off its gas supply if it does not resume trade. Another possibility is that Germany is under pressure from its business community, which has been lobbying the government to resume trade with Russia.
Whatever the reason, Germany’s decision to resume LNG trade with Russia is a major setback for the West. It undermines the West’s efforts to isolate Russia and put pressure on it to end its war against Ukraine. It also sends a message to Russia that it can continue to act with impunity.