German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock said that the use of energy as a weapon would have consequences. The minister noted that this would also affect Nord Stream 2. Mrs. Burbock announced this at a press conference in Moscow following a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“In our coalition agreement with the new government, we noted that all infrastructure projects, including Nord Stream 2, are subject to European energy legislation. <...> Our government emphasized that if energy is used as a weapon, it will have corresponding consequences, including for this pipeline,” Annalena Burbock answered a question from Kommersant’s special correspondent Elena Chernenko.
Mr. Lavrov, during a meeting with Annalena Burbock, discussed the certification of Nord Stream 2. The Russian minister called Nord Stream 2 “the largest commercial project of the last decade.” The gas pipeline project, according to Sergei Lavrov, is aimed at ensuring the energy security of all of Europe, including Germany.
In November, Germany suspended the process of certification of the Swiss company Nord Stream 2 AG as a gas pipeline operator. The German regulator said that a decision on certification would not be made until the second half of 2022.
Read about the prospects of the pipeline in the publication “Kommersant” “Is it worth launching Nord Stream-2”.