Russia will complete Nord Stream 2 even if more sanctions arrive
MILAN - Reuters
“We hope there will be no additional sanctions but if there are the project will be completed anyway,” Alexander Novak said on the sidelines of an energy conference in Milan.
The United States opposes the project and President Donald Trump has accused Germany of being a “captive” of Russia due to its energy reliance, saying it was wrong to support the Baltic gas pipeline.
Divisions exist among EU member states over whether to do more business with Moscow despite its military incursions in Ukraine and Syria.
“Everything is on time and as of today the first commercial gas will be ready by the end of 2019,” Novak said.
“The second marine-based part of the project is 85 percent complete,” he said.
At the conference on Oct. 9, Novak had a bilateral meeting with EDF’s Italian energy unit Edison.
Last year, Gazprom signed an agreement with Edison and Greece’s state-controlled gas company DEPA to work on building a southern route for Russian gas supplies from Russia to Europe, across Turkey and Greece to Italy.
“We agreed to continue this,” Novak said.
Later on Oct. 9 an Edison spokeswoman confirmed the meeting.
“It was a positive and warm meeting that we thank the minister for, ahead of the planned visit by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to Moscow later this month,” she said.