Germany did not agree to the West’s sanctions on Vladimir Putin and refuses to cut energy ties with Russia.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has refused to cut energy ties with Russia, citing “banning Russian energy imports would trigger an economic recession in Germany and across Europe.”
He has warned that the move could also risk hundreds of thousands of jobs and entire industrial sectors.
According to Daily Express, Germany relies on Russia to supply around 40 percent of its gas supplies.
Mr Scholz said Germany cannot end its energy dependency on Russia now.
He said cutting ties with Russia and banning its oil and gas would plunge Germany into a recession, risking hundreds of thousands of jobs and entire industrial sectors.
“Sanctions should not hurt European states harder than the Russian leadership,” he said.