The certification process for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline can be extended for a “certain time” due to the need to comply with a number of points. This was announced to TASS by the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Pankin.
He stressed that the certification procedure is related to technical, organizational and technological processes. Therefore, it takes time.
“Ecology in its pure form, whether there will be a threat to the North Sea and water areas, is a question that has been passed for a long time, otherwise it (Nord Stream 2) would not have been laid,” Pankin said.
According to the Deputy Minister, there is no talk of a potential threat to the environment, since all interested countries have approved the project. In addition, Nord Stream 1 is nearby, he added.
“Is this a fight against Russian gas or a fight against the route? If the fight is against Russian gas, then according to this logic, gas should not enter the market at all. And if this is a fight against the route, why shouldn’t the cheaper road be used? ” the diplomat asked.
Earlier it was reported that the German Ministry of Economy sent its conclusion on the certification of Nord Stream 2 to the German regulator. The agency believes that the certification does not pose a danger to the gas supply of the EU countries.