On Wednesday, in a statement Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said, Moscow believes that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will get the necessary certification and will eventually start working.
Although construction on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which runs from Russia to Germany on the bed of the Baltic Sea and bypasses Ukraine, was completed in September, it continues to lays idle and is awaiting regulatory approval from Berlin and Brussels.
The project has become increasingly politicized midst growing tensions between Russia and the West, midst fears that Moscow may attack Ukraine to prevent it from forging close ties with NATO.
Russia has denied it harbours such plans.
Last month, the CEO of Ukraine’s state energy company Naftogaz said, he was hopeful that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline would not come online, saying it is non-compliant with European law.
When asked whether Russia had a fallback “Plan B” in case Nord Stream 2 was not certified, Novak said, “We don’t consider such options and we believe it will be launched in line with the timings, set for certification.”
The gas pipeline is expected to be certified not earlier than the end of the first half of 2022.
Novak went on to add, Moscow was willing to discuss an increase in gas exports to Europe, where gas prices have skyrocketed midst rising demand and lack of supplies.