Adviser to the Minister of Energy of Ukraine Olena Zerkal stated the risk of launching the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline without a certification procedure, taking into account the situation on the European energy market. This was discussed in an interview with Zerkal, Radio Liberty reports.
In particular, high gas prices and the beginning of the heating season may push the European Union to such a decision.
"There is such a risk. If no other options for solving this crisis are proposed, maybe they will take a risk.There will be a G20 meeting at the end of next week. They will also discuss how countries will overcome this energy challenge. Because Russia always takes advantage of crisis situations. And this perfect storm, which we now see, is used very well by Putin," Zerkal said.
According to her, the profits of the Russian state concern Gazprom in the first half of the year amounted to more than 10 billion.
It became known earlier that the first string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is filled with technical gas and is ready for operation.