According to Russian Envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov, there is no doubt that Nord Stream 2 will be completed.
"There may be various options. But the pipeline will be built. You should not doubt that", Chizhov stressed when asked if it was possible that the directive would come into force before the pipeline was launched.
The European Commission said in a statement on Wednesday that the amendments would be formally approved by the parliament and the Council of the European Union in the "coming months".
The document needs the approval of the parliament's Committee on Industry, Research, and Energy as well.
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In November 2017, the European Commission proposed extending EU energy rules to gas pipelines from non-EU countries to Europe. In particular, the commission seeks the right to demand a separation of gas sales and pipeline operating activities, as well as third-party access to pipelines.
Nord Stream 2 AG said in comments last week that the amendments to the EU Gas Directive could create a potentially discriminatory regulatory regime for individual projects, adding that the planned revision of the document could also create "legislative uncertainty for investors".
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Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture of Russian gas giant Gazprom and five European companies. It aims to deliver 55 billion cubic metres (1.9 trillion cubic feet) of Russian natural gas annually to the European Union.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Pankin told Sputnik last week that attempts to force Russia to transit gas through neighbouring Ukraine on unfavourable terms will fall through. However, Pankin emphasised that Moscow is ready to keep transiting gas through Ukraine, but it should happen on Russia’s terms.
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