MOSCOW, March 2 – RIA Novosti. Ukraine has prepared for the launch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Andrey Kobolev, head of the NJSC Naftogaz board, said in an interview with Ukrainskaya Nedelya.
According to him, due to the presence of underground storage facilities and due to integration into the gas transportation system of Europe, Kiev will have a balance of energy resources and the opportunity to receive them at a fair price.
Kobolev admitted that due to the launch of Nord Stream 2, Ukraine risks losing revenues from transit and the “security component”, but he assured that there would be no shortage of blue fuel in the country.
Position of the German government
The German government intends to discuss with the new American administration the issue of lifting sanctions against Nord Stream 2, according to a written response from the Cabinet of Ministers to the deputy's request.
At the same time, the FRG authorities reject sanctions against the project “as interference in European sovereignty.” Ulrike Demmer, deputy official representative of the German Cabinet of Ministers, said that the German authorities are in constant contact with their American colleagues on the project.
At the same time, the Minister for Environmental Protection of the Federal Republic of Germany Svenja Schulze indicated that Germany runs the risk of facing claims for damages if the construction of the gas pipeline is stopped. “We cannot give up coal, nuclear energy and gas in one fell swoop,” Schulze said. According to her, Germany will need gas in this and in the next decade.
Nord Stream 2
The project involves the construction of two trunk lines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. It will also pass through the territorial or exclusive economic zones of Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
The construction of Nord Stream 2 is actively opposed by Washington, which is promoting its LNG to the European Union, as well as Kiev, Warsaw, Riga and Vilnius. In December 2019, the United States imposed sanctions on firms involved in the construction of the pipeline, after which the Allseas company from Switzerland immediately ceased work. Construction resumed a year later: in December 2020, Nord Stream 2 AG, using the Fortuna pipelayer, laid 2.6 kilometers of pipes in the waters of Germany. In early February, the vessel began laying a 120-kilometer section in Danish waters, after which there will be another 28 kilometers in German waters.
Moscow has repeatedly stated that the Nord Stream 2 project is commercial and beneficial to Europe. In Russia, they indicated that they would complete the construction of the gas pipeline, despite external opposition. Germany also supports the completion of the gas pipeline and rejects the unilateral extraterritorial sanctions of the United States.