Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that he hoped the implementation of the project “Northern stream-2”, despite the fact that its creation has been politicized by some Western countries, reports TASS. The statement was made at a meeting with business circles of Russia and Germany on the sidelines of the Munich conference.
The Prime Minister reminded that “Nord stream-1” works with more than 70%. “This project increased the energy security of Europe, now on the verge of “Nord stream-2″, but unfortunately, as in any large business, some States are trying to artificially politicize, although we can see the interest in the second phase of the project of a number of countries,” Medvedev said.
He also said that he had discussed the pipeline with representatives of Finland, Austria and other countries. “We hope that the decision will be made, especially because it is profitable and the German business and European business in General,” he hoped Medvedev.
He also said that the political situation is often a substitute for economic logic in the relationship between the European Union, particularly Germany and Russia. “Considerations for political conjuncture, at least, that has occurred in Russo-German relations and in Russian-European relations, often had to substitute for economic logic”, — said Medvedev.
Chairman of the Board “Gazprom” Alexey Miller assured that “Northern stream-2” will be completed on schedule before the end of 2019. “Musicas preparing for the procurement of pipes, in the September contest will be held for laying the pipe and at the beginning of 2018 will begin the pipe laying work,” said Miller, and added that since “the project will be exactly the same as the “Nord stream-1″, so there is no problem with the design”.
Previously, in early February, Bloomberg with reference to the opinion of the Directorate-General for energy of the European Commission said that the gas pipeline “Nord stream-2”, including its marine part, subject to the requirements of European Union legislation and should comply with the so-called Third energy package. The European Commissioner for energy Miguel arias Cañete said that the EU authorities have only begun an evaluation of the marine part of the “Nord stream-2”, and they don’t have all the necessary data.
Before that, official representative of “Gazprom” Sergei Kupriyanov said that “Nord stream-2” will not be subject to Third energy package, because it will be on the bottom of the sea and land part it will not.