Yuriy Vitrenko, the CEO of Naftogaz-Ukraine national joint stock company claimed that the completion of Nord Stream 2 constructon process doesn't mean the pipeline is going to be used. Intefax-Ukraine news agency reported that on June 24.
"Even if the construction will be over, the pipeline will need certification, it just can't work without it; there are certain certification sanctions. The U.S. can see to it that this certification never happens", he said.
Vitrenko claimed that even if Nord Stream 2 AG operator receives the certificate of independent operator, it does not mean that the pipeline starts working.
"Even if it starts working, it does not mean America will not be able to impose the sanctions. Sure, it's much more complicated to impose sanctions on a working object, especially when the gas from this pipe is used for completion of certain critical needs of European consumer. So it's better to stop this project at least on the final stage of construction, before its starts working", the Naftogaz CEO said.
Vitrenko explained that during his recent visit in the U.S., he and U.S. Congressmen discussed the current opportunities of stopping the project, as Washington still has not yet introduced the most effective sanctions.
"So the matter that we discuss with Congressmen is extra legal framework, which will still make it possible for the White House to impose these sanctions. On the other hand, we're speaking with the administration itself, so that they can change their decision and introduce these effective sanctions", he said.