The prospects for implementing the Nord Stream 2 project look very encouraging, German Ambassador to Moscow Geza Andreas von Geir told reporters.
Nord Stream 2 involves the construction of two pipelines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany.
The United States is actively opposing the project, promoting its liquefied natural gas in the EU, as well as Ukraine and several European countries.
The states imposed sanctions on the project in December, requiring construction companies to stop construction immediately. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of the gas pipeline.
“Germany, in the person of its federal government, is convinced of the importance of implementing this project, which in the long term will contribute to strengthening the energy security of our country and other European states,” the ambassador said.
He added that Germany has a similar position with the United States on many issues of international politics. “But we disagree with the North Stream – 2. We strongly reject any extraterritorial sanctions, including those adopted by the US Congress,” the head of the German diplomatic mission recalled.
The ambassador said that Nord Stream 2 is “primarily a commercial project, the participants of which are convinced of its early implementation.” “As far as I know, the pipe-laying vessel arrived in Kaliningrad and after some technical re-equipment will be able to complete pipe laying on the remaining kilometers of the seabed. At the moment, the prospects for the implementation of the project look very encouraging,” the diplomat said.
Earlier, with reference to the Marine Traffic Vessel Tracking Portal, it was reported that the Akademik Chersky vessel, which was being considered for the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, had left the port of Kaliningrad on Thursday and headed for Germany.
According to the Vesselfinder and Myshiptracking portals, which track ship traffic, Akademik Chersky is due to arrive at the port of Murkan on Rugen Island on May 8th.
Murkan serves as a logistics terminal for the construction of Nord Stream 2. At the moment, the port already has the Fortuna pipe-laying barge of the MRTS company, which also meets the technical requirements of the Danish authorities for the completion of Nord Stream-2.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in December reported that the use of Chersky is one of the options for completing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but some time will be required for additional preparation of the vessel.