However, the weakest link in all of this seems to be Germany. The remarks by the navy inspector
Kay-Achim Schönbach in a conference in India (“Putin just wants respect, let’s give it to him”) simply mirrors the thinking by many of Berlin’s political class who do not really see Russia as any threat; surprisingly, the Green
party, 40 years ago at the core of the Peace Movement, is now among the more hawkish voices. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is at the core of this ambivalent relationship between Germany and Russia, which focuses on economic interlinkages between both countries,
with the former chancellor Schröder being chairman of Nord Stream 1’s shareholder committee. However, compromising the security of Europe for ‘economic’ gains, which ultimately will give the Russian regime another tool for blackmail,
seems not only wrong but dangerous.