Ukraine expects provocations from the Russian Federation to justify the launch of Nord Stream 2, as Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov told reporters.
“We are talking about real threats. Putin announced yesterday that the first line of Nord Stream 2 has been completed. Gas is still transported by our gas pipeline and must be transported for some time further, and then, for sure, Putin will want to start gas bypassing Ukraine. Therefore, we expect that there will be provocations, attempts at terrorist attacks on our section of the gas pipeline, and then they will say: “Look, you see, this is why we are letting it go through Nord Stream 2,” Avakov said.
The minister said that this information is confirmed by data from intelligence agencies, therefore, Ukraine is considering different scenarios and intensifying its response, including on critical infrastructure facilities.
Earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the laying of the first string of Nord Stream 2 had been completed.
“2.5 hours ago, the laying of the pipelines of the first line of the Nord Stream 2 has successfully finished; the only thing remained is to raise a little the pipelines at the German and Russian sides and weld them together,” Putin said.
He also reported the end of the line works on the gas pipeline, including the sea part, while Gazprom is ready to fill Nord Stream 2 with gas.