The head of the Munich Security Conference, Christoph Heusgen, called it a mistake to support the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. The politician, who previously held the post of adviser to ex-Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, said this today, January 13, at a press conference in Berlin.
“(The decision to start the project) can be explained by the political context of the time. By 2015, a situation had developed when, after the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant (in 2011), Germany took a course towards abandoning nuclear energy,” Heusgen said.
According to the ex-adviser to the chancellor, official Berlin was forced to look for an alternative to nuclear power plants, and Russian gas turned out to be the best option for the duration of the energy transition. “Many politicians, as well as the majority of the German population, supported the decision to start construction of the gas pipeline,” Heusgen recalled. At the same time, the politician noted that “after some time” he considers this initiative a “mistake”.
“It’s not a problem for me to admit that it was the wrong decision,” he summed up, refusing to comment on the issue of explosions at Nord Stream.
In 2005, Heusgen became head of the foreign policy and global affairs office of the Federal Chancellor’s Office, thus becoming Chancellor’s adviser. Angela Merkel on foreign policy. In November 2016, he was appointed Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations in New York, starting in 2017. In June 2021, Heusgen left the diplomatic service and became chairman of the Munich Security Conference.
On the eve of the Munich Security Conference, which will be held on February 17-19, 2023, Heusgen has repeatedly pointed out in the media the need to strengthen military support for Ukraine. At the end of January, he said that Germany should have transferred fighter jets to Kyiv to “improve the defense capability of Ukraine.” Merkel’s ex-adviser also actively supported the idea of supplying the Armed Forces with Leopard 2 tanks, calling this initiative “absolutely correct.”