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UK’s Johnson says choice looms between Russian hydrocarbons, backing Ukraine

/ 06:22 AM November 16, 2021
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the annual Lord Mayor's Banquet at Guildhall in London, Britain, November 15, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the annual Lord Mayor’s Banquet at Guildhall in London, Britain, November 15, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday there is a choice coming soon on whether to mainline more Russian hydrocarbons or to back Ukraine, peace and stability, amid rising tensions between Moscow and the West.

France and Germany on Monday warned Russia against harming Ukraine’s territorial integrity amid a large and unusual concentration of Russian troops on the country’s borders.

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As Europe experiences an energy crunch, Russian President Vladimir Putin is hoping German authorities will soon certify the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will carry more Russian gas to Europe’s biggest economy.

It would bypass transit countries, particularly Ukraine, which has a history of gas pricing standoffs with Moscow.

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“So when we say that we support the sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine, that is not because we want to be adversarial to Russia, or that we want in some way strategically to encircle or undermine that great country,” Johnson said in speech excerpts released by his office.

“We hope that our friends may recognize that a choice is shortly coming between mainlining ever more Russian hydrocarbons in giant new pipelines, and sticking up for Ukraine and championing the cause of peace and stability.”

The EU on Monday agreed to step up sanctions against Belarus, a close ally of Russia’s, after migrants arrived on land borders with the EU this year trying to cross into member states such as Poland via routes not used before.

“When our Polish friends asked for our help to deal with a contrived crisis on their border with Belarus, we were quick to respond,” said Johnson.

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