German FM says Berlin intends to complete Nord Stream 2

16:00, 17 October 2020 19
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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has assured that the Nord Stream 2 project will be implemented, the only question is the timing of the project’s completion, TASS reports.

I proceed from the assumption that Nord Stream 2 will be completed. The question is when it will happen. We make decisions about our energy policy and energy supply here, in Europe, he said in an interview with RND.

The minister also stressed that Germany doesn’t intend to interrupt the dialogue with Russia because of the situation with the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Maas noted that maintaining contact with Moscow is necessary to resolve regional issues and conflicts.

The German foreign minister noted that relations between Germany and Russia would remain challenging, adding that the EU countries will continue to pressure the Russian Federation in case of unacceptable actions by Moscow.

We are sitting at the same table with Russia in the UN Security Council in the Berlin process on Libya and Ukraine. In all forums, we are talking about finding a solution to end wars. In this regard, there can be no end to the dialogue with Moscow, Maas added.

Nord Stream 2 envisages two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year. They will stretch from the coast of Russia across the Baltic Sea to Germany. Communications will also pass through Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. Gazprom’s European partners are German Uniper and Wintershall, Austrian OMV, French Engie, and Anglo-Dutch Shell. The construction is estimated at €9.5 billion, with western enterprises accounting for half of this amount. earlier reported that Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which is involved in financing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline construction, disagrees with the penalty imposed by the Polish antimonopoly regulator UOKiK on the project’s lenders, including Shell.