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Russia warns that Nord Stream 2 delay damages Europe


Russia warns that Nord Stream 2 delay damages Europe

Moscow, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The spokesman of the Russian presidency, Dmitri Peskov, stated this Wednesday that the delay in the start-up of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is damaging the participants of the project, consumers and the economy of Europe.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz did not rule out the possibility of Western countries taking measures against the new gas pipeline linking Russia with that country in case of Moscow’s alleged aggression against Ukraine.

About such statements, Peskov recalled in press statements that his country regularly receives threats in this regard and admitted that the situation in Ukraine is very tense.

“We see that it is supplied with weapons, we see various maneuvers, we see how NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) aircraft and Western European countries fly over its territory. All this is leading to an escalation of tension around Ukraine,” he said.

The head of the Kremlin press service stressed the importance of Moscow’s partners, including Berlin, also focusing their attention on these events. “We highly appreciate relations with Germany, they are important for us. And we hope that we will develop them consistently,” he noted.

Russia has reiterated that it will not attack Ukraine and that troop movements, within its borders, are defensive and constitute a sovereign right of the country.

The head of German diplomacy, warned about the danger of using energy as a weapon and emphasized that, if it happens, it will have consequences, also for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

Work on the pipeline was completed on September 10. To start pumping the gas, its operator must obtain approval from the German regulator, a certification process that was suspended by the German Federal Network Agency.

Moscow pointed out on several occasions that the pipeline is a project implemented with European partners and that Russia has never used energy resources as an instrument of pressure. pgh/abo/mem/mml

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