Ukraine has no right to suspend Nord Stream 2, - Naftogaz Head

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is expected that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will already be commissioned along with the already operating Nord Stream 1
08:37, 30 November 2021

Yuriy Vitrenko
Open source

Naftogaz-Ukraine has no right to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany as Reuters reported citing Naftogaz CEO Yuriy Vitrenko.

Vitrenko stated that Ukraine's admission to the Nord Stream 2 certification, although it means some access to the submitted documents and the right to be heard in the process, does not give her any authority to terminate the final certification.

“There is no veto right,” the official added.

Related: MFA: Delay in Nord Stream 2 launch - result of joint efforts of Ukraine and partners

Ukraine will be ready to challenge any final certification of the project if it considers that the project does not comply with European legislation

"We hope that this will not happen, but if this happens, they will confirm this without fully observing the spirit of the letter of European law, then, of course, we will go to court," Vitrenko said.

On September 10, Gazprom declared that North Stream 2 was fully completed. Work on laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline began in 2018. Its length is 1,230 km. The pipeline is expected to supply 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually from Russia via the Baltic Sea to Germany.

Related: Future German parliamentary coalition should bury Nord Stream 2 on bed of Baltic Sea, - Ukraine's ambassador

On November 16, it became known that Germany has suspended Nord Stream 2 certification. The report states that in order to renew the certification, the Nord Stream 2 operator must have an organizational form in accordance with the laws of Germany.

On November 22, State Department had submitted a report to Congress under the 2019 European Energy Security Act (PEESA), with amendments. The document lists two vessels and one Russian-related company, Transadria Ltd., involved in Nord Stream 2 pipeline against which it is proposed to impose new sanctions.

On November 23, the US Treasury Department included in the sanctions list Transadria Ltd, a company registered in Cyprus, as well as the offshore sea vessel Marlin, which was sailing under the Russian flag.

Related: Ukraine expects Germany's clearer position in terms of Nord Stream 2, - Foreign Minister

It became clear during a briefing by a State Department spokesman, the Blue Ship avoided US sanctions because it is managed by a German government organization.

On November 23, State Department spokesman Ned assured that the United States will continue to take similar measures in accordance with the Protecting Europe's Energy Security Act 2019 (PEESA).



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