"Russians will not need [Nord Stream-2]. Thanks to the Opal, they can now increase the gas flow through the Nord Stream-1 that had not been fully used. That will be enough for them … According to unofficial data, expanded access to the Opal and therefore increased transit through the Nord Stream-1 may satisfy Gazprom so that it withdraws from the Nord Stream-2," Waszczykowski told the Onet media outlet.
In October, the European Commission expanded Gazprom's access to the Opal gas pipeline by additional 40 percent, preserving the last 10 percent as a reserve for the third countries, which could be extended to 15-20 percent in case of high demand.
Russia is engaged in constructing the Nord Stream-2 pipeline that aims to deliver 55 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas a year to the European Union across the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing Ukraine.