German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has frozen the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline linking Russia and Germany across the Baltic Sea.

This is a move that goes against German interests as Germany isthirstyfor cheap gas.

Following Putins decision to recognise the regions of Eastern Ukraine as independent republics and the deployment of Russian forces, it was expected that the Nord Stream II pipeline would not receive a permit to operate.

Besides, Solts had been pressured by the Americans to commit himself that the pipeline would be the firstvictimin case Russia proceeded with an action that the West would describe asaggressive.

According to international news agencies, Solts said, among other things:

Russias decision is a serious violation of international law. The certification of Nord Stream 2 cannot proceed. The international community must respond to Russias unjustified reaction. “

At the same time, however, Qatar has officially admitted that no one can replace Russian gas supplies to the EU, following Putins letter to Emir al-Thani:

The volume of gas supplies from Russia to Europe at the moment cannot be replaced by any country,” Qatars Energy Minister Saad Al-Kaabi said at a press conference after the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) summit, referring to the US request to supply Europe with gas from Qatar.

In general, when we talk about the situation in Ukraine or in Europe, people often say that Qatar can replace Russian gas. I have already stated in this regard that 30-40% of supplies in Europe come from Russia.I think no one will be able to replace Russia in this respect. Unfortunately we do not yet have such volumes of LNG for which there are long-term contracts, so it is impossible,” the minister said, ending the imaginative scenarios and putting Germanyon ice

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Hamad al-Thani received a letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday on ways to support and strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries as well as issues of mutual interest, Qatars state news agency reported.

Putins letter was delivered to Al-Thani by Russian Energy Minister Nikolai Shulginov, who is currently in Doha to attend a gas exportersconference.Crude oil is nearing $100 a barrel and European gas surged today Tuesday. Other commodities have also taken . . . up, with aluminium approaching a record high and wheat climbing to a one-month high.

Capital Economics said the biggest impact is likely to come through commodity prices and that a worst-case scenario could see oil reach $120 to $140 and gas jump higher, adding about 2 percentage points to headline inflation in advanced economies this year.