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Germany says it could live without Russian gas

March 17th, 2014
04:17 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Germany could live without its Russian gas supply if necessary, Philipp Missfelder, foreign policy spokesperson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling political coalition, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“If the Russians would stop the gas supply for us, or we would raise sanctions on the oil and gas sector, we will be able to have in the interconnected and linked European energy market – of course with higher prices – the energy supply for Germany.”

Germany has a stockpile of coal it could tap, Missfelder said, admitting that such a move would impact the country’s climate change goals.

But “for the political calculation, it’s good to know that we are independent from Russian gas.”

The United States and Europe imposed asset freezes and travel bans on 28 Russian and Ukrainian officials on Monday over Crimea’s Sunday referendum to leave Ukraine and join Russia, a move Western officials called illegal.

The sanctions are intended to impose a higher cost on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions.

“Believe me, the Russian elite loves to go to Europe, loves to travel to Europe, loves to have their assets in Europe,” Missfelder told Amanpour.

“And it’s not only about the 21 people [in the European sanctions list] being sanctioned today. It will also be about a broader scheme of people if [the Russians] are not negotiating again.”

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  1. WERTWER2345


    POR AHORA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    March 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • John Provenzano

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      March 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Reply
      • Master R.

        . ¿Es esto algún tipo de intento de atraer a la comunidad latina en el Oeste? ¿Está aún de esa comunidad? ¿O un niño Kremlin tratando de avivar más mierda en el Internet? Haciéndose pasar por españoles? O eres un bot Chávez indicativa? Demasiado muchos cubanos han luchado por la libertad y llegó a EE.UU. a salir de ese agujero de mierda. Bonito culo intento.

        March 18, 2014 at 4:21 pm |
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  2. Gervais

    well,Mrs.Merkel is from former East Germany,she knows Putin quite well,she knows Russian .
    Germany is a leader,The Leader in Europe,we must be proud of them.
    Russia will pay a great price but REMEMBER the People of Russia are good,some Politician are becoming completely DISCONNECTED of the reality,,,some are living in a Time Bubble,The Soviet Time Bubble.

    March 17, 2014 at 11:44 pm | Reply
    • Garcon

      Russia, the new evil empire.

      March 18, 2014 at 2:19 am | Reply
      • Yuriy

        No, that place is already occupied by US

        March 18, 2014 at 1:57 pm |
      • John Provenzano

        US of A and its allies Engurland and France are evil!!

        March 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm |
  3. crinnnge

    American strategy – Keep the dollar up & let others down
    Let the friction develop between EU & Russia
    Russia stops petro-products gas etc.
    EU buys from American friends Saudi Arabia etc running high costs
    EU economy tumbles down
    Russian the same

    Dollar shines

    America is the new evil empire threatening to sabotage the world economy

    March 18, 2014 at 5:51 am | Reply
    • G Frei

      That's just dumb!

      March 18, 2014 at 10:33 am | Reply
  4. G Frei

    Don't worry about Germany. There is enough talent, determination, resourcefulness and innovation to withstand anything the backward Russians can come up with. Angela Merkel makes us proud of our Fatherland!

    March 18, 2014 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • mina

      What planet - and what country - are you from? That comment is just delusional. Sorry.

      March 18, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  5. Anton

    Heil, Merkel!!!

    March 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Reply
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  7. nwjose

    "of course with higher prices" Well... the politicians just give themselves a raise in that case. Remember, tax money is free money.

    March 19, 2014 at 10:25 am | Reply
  8. WillCCBC

    I believe that the German people have done quite well for themselves given all the political, social and economic catastrophes they suffered in the 20th century. Germany is a rather fascinating country breaming with culture and heritage. Today Germany remains as a technological, industrial and economical world power and it is currently the most successful country in Europe. I see a positive trajectory for Germany in later years to come and I can confidently assert that the disdainful scar Germany left on itself will heal with a bright future that will further accelerate the Country's' overall prosperity and continuity.

    March 24, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  9. Travis B

    In the whole German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s debate about the Russians stop supplying gas I think she is nothing but a bluff. In class my teacher hit it on the nose she only says she don’t need there gas cause its getting warmer out, but as soon as the temperature drops she knows and I know she will be asking for Russians to work out a deal so Germany could get some gas. I think that the Germans and Russians needs to work out a deal so that when the winter comes back around we won’t hear about the Germans in need of gas because the Russians wont supply them.

    March 26, 2014 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • Neo

      You are writing total nonsense!

      April 2, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  10. James E

    Of course they can get by without Russian gas. They did it before it was available. Just as in the USA the power plants burned coal before they were converted to gas burners. Germany like the USA has enormous reserves of coal. There are also nukes which can be restarted.
    The Russians will soon feel the pinch as there ruble has already dropped 12% and foreign investment has all but stopped. They will be calling for Putiin's head when they find their standard of living dropping. There are large known reserves in Poland and France, which they do not want to tap because of concerns over fracking. The Russians are counting on selling to China and the east, but China also has large known reserves. After this do you think China would rather develop it's own reserves, or become dependent on Putin?

    April 8, 2014 at 7:24 pm | Reply
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