Scholz travels around Scandinavia, looking for alternatives to Russian gas.
During a visit to Stockholm, the German chancellor has also reiterated his support for the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO. For now, 24 of the 30 member states of the Atlantic Alliance have already ratified the accession of these two Nordic countries.
Germany has already done this, and Olaf Scholz hoped that other states would follow suit as quickly as possible.
The Swedish Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, recalled, for her part, the reason for her entry into NATO due to the invasion of Ukraine.
“We will not go back to the way we were before the war. That is why Sweden, like Finland, has decided to apply for NATO membership, and Germany has been by our side throughout this process. First, by giving us security guarantees and then by being one of the first countries to ratify our application for admission as well as that of Finland”, recalled the head of the Swedish Government.
Another of the topics of Scholz’s visit is to deal with the cuts in Russian gas supply due to sanctions on Moscow. And for this, it delved into the savings strategy, approved by the European Union, with a 15% cut in gas demand between August 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023 -with respect to the average consumption of the last five years – on a voluntary basis first and, in the event of a state of alert, such as if there is a total cut off of Russian supply, on a mandatory basis.
Before his visit to Sweden, the German chancellor was in Norway to court this major gas producer. Scholz even took a boat ride in the middle of a rainstorm with the Norwegian prime minister. Jonas Gahr Store.
But Støre told Scholz that Norway has no chance of expanding its gas supply to Germany. He noted that Oslo has already increased its production by almost ten percent after the Russian attack on Ukraine.
Norway and Germany agreed, however, to increase their energy cooperation in areas such as hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, wind power and electric battery production.