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Russia to increase gas supplies to Europe bypassing Ukraine after Nord Stream 2 approval

Source : 112 Ukraine

Moscow wants approval from Germany and the European Union to use the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe in exchange for increased volume of supplies
11:33, 20 October 2021

A worker at the landing site of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, operated by Gazprom PJSC, in Lubmin, Germany
Bloomberg

Russia is ready to increase gas supplies to Europe bypassing Ukraine, but only after the approval of Nord Stream 2, Bloomberg reports.

Moscow wants approval from Germany and the European Union to use the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe in exchange for increased supplies.

The agency's own sources say Russia is unlikely to agree to an increase in supplies without firm guarantees that Russia's pipeline will "get German and European Union approval to begin using the pipeline to Europe."

"We can't rush to the rescue just to compensate for mistakes that we didn't commit. We're fulfilling all our contracts, all our obligations. Everything on top of that should be a subject for additional voluntary and mutually beneficial agreements,” State Duma deputy Konstantin Kosachov told the outlet.

As it was reported earlier, on October 14, Russia stated that they may increase gas transit via Ukraine if it receives favorable commercial offers from Kyiv.

Meanwhile, on October 18 it was reported that the first string of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is filled with technical gas and is ready for operation.  Pre-commissioning steps for the second Nord Stream 2 string are ongoing.

Related: Ukraine considers possibility of importing gas from Romania, - Naftogaz CEO

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