Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told Russian media that Russia can resume natural gas supplies to Germany and its neighbors.
“Unfortunately, due to sabotage, string [of Nord Stream 2] It is damaged, and an investigation is needed to make further decisions about the fate of the string,” Novak told RIA Novosti.
“As for the second string, it is ready, it is fully built, and the necessary legal decisions regarding the certification of our European colleagues and the removal of restrictions, I believe that Russia will be able to provide sufficient supplies in this gas pipeline. Short term,” he explained.
The statement came just weeks after a German politician said gas would never flow through Nord Stream 2 because Germany could no longer see Russia as a reliable energy supplier. Soon after, the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines became the target of vandalism, which apparently damaged the old pipeline beyond repair.
An investigation launched by Swedish authorities at the beginning of this month confirmed the presence of explosions in the pipelines, which strengthens the suspicions of serious sabotage, according to a statement.
Two of the four leaks were discovered in each of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines after gas began leaking from infrastructure in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Sweden and Denmark earlier this week.
Nord Stream 2 did not go into operation after Germany blocked the approval process following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia, meanwhile, shut down Nord Stream 1 indefinitely earlier this month, saying it could not repair the gas turbines because of Western sanctions.
Meanwhile, Germany, a major user of gas flows through Nord Stream 1, is struggling to get enough gas through the winter, with several officials warning that the reduction in demand is the key to making it to spring relatively painlessly.
By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com
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