MOSCOW, February 19 – RIA Novosti. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that in the situation with Nord Stream 2, Russia is fulfilling its obligations, and the European Union is changing its position.
“We found ourselves in the position of a country that absolutely, 100 percent fulfills its contractual obligations. The current situation was created to a decisive extent as a result of another decision of what we call the European Union – a decision that convincingly shows what kind of education it is,” Lavrov said in an interview with RBK-TV.
According to him, “when a few years ago the Poles tried to slow down Nord Stream 2, a special official opinion of the legal service of the European Commission was ordered.”
“She presented a document in which it was written in black and white that the project was an investment and was launched long before the changes were made to the EU gas directive, to the third energy package. Everything, period, the question is closed. For any person who respects the law.” – added the minister.
Lavrov noted that the EC later began to act in the opposite direction. “The European Commission took this conclusion and began to carry out its internal quasi-legal procedures, as a result of which it was said:” No, you know, it really was started long before, but it falls under the third energy package and under the gas directive. “This is the quality of our partner in this alleged relationship,” Lavrov said.
Nord Stream 2 envisages the construction of two strings of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas to the EU, as well as Ukraine and several European countries.
In December 2019, Washington imposed sanctions on the pipeline. Russia has repeatedly stated that this project is commercial and beneficial to Europe. Berlin is in favor of completing the pipeline and rejects unilateral US extraterritorial sanctions.