Andrew Neil says petrol prices ‘likely to rise’ because Nord Stream 2 has been suspended – ‘Not wrong’ | World | The news

Andrew Neil, 72, made his warning on social media yesterday evening following Berlin’s decision to suspend approval of the pipeline backed by Gazaprom. Mr Neil, who left his role as chairman of GB News just three months after the channel’s launch in September, made the comments after reports that gas prices in the UK and the European Union had risen by 17 per cent since the move Germany.

Taking to social media, the former editor of the Sunday Times wrote: “Germany has suspended approval of Nord Stream 2.

“Which is not necessarily wrong.

“But it’s likely to raise gasoline prices.”

Mr Neil’s post, which still serves as chairman of Spectator magazine, was made after the German regulator argued “it would only be possible to testify an operator of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if that operator were organized in legal form under German. law. ”

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According to the UK’s national broadcaster, the regulator has added German approval to the 760-mile pipeline will remain suspended until “the main assets and human resources” are handed over by the Swiss-based Nord Stream 2 roofing company into the hands of a German subsidiary. , which owns and operates the German part of the pipeline.

Following this, the subsidiary must comply with the requirements of the German Energy Industry Act of an independent transmission operator.

The move will cause a further delay to Gazaprom’s £ 8.4 billion pipeline, which was reportedly completed in September.

Mr Neil, who has 1.2 million followers on Twitter, received a response from like-minded and former Labor MP George Galloway, 67.

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The ex-MP supporting Brexit, who unsuccessfully tried to stage a political comeback in the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary Election and the subsequent Batley & Spen by-election, responded by saying: “10 per cent and an increase.”

Mr Galloway, who continues to write for state media Russia Today, added: “It comes down to Germany not using Russia’s gas supply for political purposes.”

But British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 57, warned last week that there is now a choice “between mainstream more and more Russian hydrocarbons in giant new pipelines and joining Ukraine and advocating the cause of peace and stability.”

Tensions between the Kremlin and the West have continued to grow in recent months with reports indicating that Russia has deployed nearly 100,000 troops at its border with Ukraine.

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Moscow has also been dragged into the migration crisis between Belarus and the European Union.

A spokesman linked to Vladimir Putin, 69, expressed support for Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, 67, saying: “We have no doubt here that the Belarusian migration services are taking all necessary measures to maintain the situation in the legal field. “

Moscow Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, 45, even tried to blame the border charge on Britain.

She said: “Britain bears a clear historical responsibility for everything that has happened in the region since then – the deaths of Iraqis, the destruction of Iraqi statehood, the endless flows of refugees, the emergence of ISIS, the humanitarian disasters in this part of the world. country, world. ”

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