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EU's Borrell: Nord Stream 2 is linked to Ukraine. France: We're not sure

Christian Fernsby |
EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has gone against Germany by saying the fate of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was tied to events in Ukraine.

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"Certainly, the functioning of this infrastructure will depend on the development of events in Ukraine and the attitude of Russia," he said after meeting with EU defence ministers in Brest, France, on Thursday.

"You cannot imagine we are thinking on one side of imposing sanctions [on Russia] just in case, and, on the other hand ... opening of the infrastructure," he added.

"It's certainly linked to the military situation in Ukraine, it's obvious," he added.

But the linkage was less obvious to France's defence minister, Florence Parly, who answered the same journalist's question on the pipeline by saying France and Germany were trying to revive so-called Normandy Format peace talks with Russia on Ukraine.

"I don't want to give the impression I'm not answering the question," she added.

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