“The project is almost approved,” she stated.
At the same time, she recognized that the new gas directive of the EU provides the possibility to protest the construction of the gas pipeline.
The key moment in the construction of the second gas pipeline on the bottom of the Baltic Sea, according to Merkel, is the Ukrainian issue.
“Ukraine should remain to be the transit country, despite the Nord Stream,” the chancellor emphasized and promised to discuss this issue with Volodymyr Zelensky after his inauguration.
Ukraine is adamantly opposed to the construction by calling it politically motivated and suggesting the EU to create a consortium with the involvement of European companies to manage the existing more efficient transportation route through Ukraine. A number of EU countries have expressed their disagreement with the Nord Stream 2 project in particular Poland and Lithuania.
As it was reported, the European Parliament has adopted the renewed gas directive (EU law), which spreads the rules of the gas market of the EU on the pipelines laid from the non-EU countries.