German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht speaks to troops as she visits Rukla military base, Lithuania December 19, 2021. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht on Thursday warned against drawing a link between the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, meant to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany, and the differences with Moscow over Ukraine.

“We should not drag (Nord Stream 2) into this conflict,” Lambrecht told the broadcaster rbb in an interview.

“We need to solve this conflict, and we need to solve it in talks – that’s the opportunity that we have at the moment, and we should use it rather than draw a link to projects that have no connection to this conflict.”

Reporting by Sabine Siebold, Editing by Miranda Murray