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Nord Stream 2 still does not meet EU requirements – Berlin – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

The controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project does not yet meet European Union certification requirements, and the process will remain suspended until the operator makes changes, the German Foreign Minister said on Monday. .

Speaking to Italian newspaper La Stampa, Annalena Baerbock indicated that the future launch of Nord Stream 2 has geopolitical implications, and therefore the new government in Berlin demands that all requirements be met before certification.

Approval of the pipeline, which could have been completed this month, was put on hold in mid-November after Germany’s federal networks agency Bundesnetzagentur insisted operator Nord Stream 2 AG create a German subsidiary. Germany’s Energy Ministry described the suspension as a regulatory issue and an interim step, and the process will resume when the company migrates.

Baerbock, a member of the Green Party, became foreign minister in December following a coalition agreement with the Social Democratic Party and the Free Democratic Party. Before the cabinet was formed, Chancellor Olaf Scholz signed a sweeping deal that included a new policy on the controversial pipeline.

“Our federal government made it clear in the coalition agreement that energy projects in Germany must comply with European requirements, which also applies to Nord Stream 2. This is not the case at the moment, so the certification process has been suspended. Baerbock said.

The foreign minister also said that Berlin has an agreement with the United States, which promises to use tough measures against Russia, in case Moscow uses energy as a weapon against Ukraine.

Nord Stream 2 was completed in September and now connects Russia to Germany without going through a third country. This means that once it starts operating, gas transit will become less reliant on third parties, thus lowering the price of the product. It has been fiercely opposed by politicians in Washington and Kiev, who claim it will increase Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and reduce the continent’s energy security.

In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the pipeline was ready to be turned on and send natural gas to the rest of Europe.

” As soon as they [European partners] make a decision on the start of its operation, significant additional volumes of Russian gas will immediately be sent to Europe ”, he said.

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