“The compromise, which we have, says that Germany will observe the compliance of the rules of the EU toward the Nord Stream 2 but under control of the European Commission. Generally, it is a compromise, which I would call, as usually people say “save face” but I cannot tell it toward our friends…Nevertheless, there is no compromise in the sense of pithy. We and all our friends worked a lot on it,” Klimkin said.
Foreign Minister commented the amendments to the European gas directive concerning the project of the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.
“The European rules are very important for us. Why? Because if they did not exist, it would be a “grey zone”, the manipulation zone of “Gazprom” and Russia. And now it will take place transparently and in accordance with the European rules. And I think it is a good achievement. In other words, I would like to say that it will not impossible but much harder to manipulate this gas pipeline. Now it is necessary just to implement the decision, when it will come into force. I, for example, do not leave the attempts to prevent the emergency of the stream and I think that there are quite good chances for it. But even if it is built, the Russian manipulations will be impossible according to the European rules,” the diplomat said.
Earlier, Polish President Andrzej Duda urged the German government to give up on Nord Stream 2 construction. He insisted that the new pipeline would breach the current energy balance, posing danger to the energy safety of some countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
Russian president Putin claimed that the Russian Federation was ready to save the gas transit through Ukraine after the launch of the Nord Stream 2.
Gazprom and its partners intended to begin the realization of the Nord Stream 2 project, which costs ten billion dollars. It is expected that the 1,200-km gas pipeline will be laid through the Baltic Sea, and will connect Russia and Germany bypassing Ukraine, Poland, and Baltic countries. The capacity of the gas pipeline will be twice increased compared to that of the first Nord Stream. The construction is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019.
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.