Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Pankin said that the certification process for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline may take until summer. According to him, the regulations of the procedure allow for this consideration “ in the first, second conditional instance, stretching it out for many months. ''
In addition, Pankin did not rule out that the certification process could be complicated by the United States. In particular, after certification, “there may be an American sledgehammer.”
“It may or may not be certified. They can apply anything, “he emphasized.
Earlier, the representative of the German Ministry of Economy, Suzanne Ungrad, could not announce the exact date for the completion of the certification process and the launch of the gas pipeline. According to the German official, the permission to operate the gas pipeline has already been received. Currently, we are talking about certification.
Before that, the German regulator suspended the approval procedure due to the need to create a subsidiary enterprise for Nord Sream 2 AG within the framework of EU legislation in Germany and submit a new application for certification as an operator already on her behalf.
Prior to that, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said that the certification of Nord Stream 2 intend to complete no later than the end of the first half of 2022. However, the German Federal Network Agency later said that the November 16 news release was still valid. The representative of the regulator recalled that the decision on certification of the pipeline operator should not be expected in the first half of 2022.