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Russia says ‘plan B’ for certification of Nord Stream 2 pipeline is not an option

A senior Russian official said Wednesday that the Kremlin will not accept the “Plan B” option when it comes to certification of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

“We are not considering such options,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told the RBC media, in response to a question about the possible non-licensing of operation of the main pipeline.

He added, as first reported by Reuters: “We believe it will be launched in line with the specific dates for certification.”

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Demonstration of piping systems and closing devices at the gas receiving station of the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline.
(Photo by Stefan Sauer/Image Alliance via Getty Images)

The main pipeline that will carry gas from Russia to Europe via Germany has become increasingly politicized as tensions between the Kremlin and NATO have risen in recent months.

Although the pipeline is expected to be certified in the first half of 2022, it has been idle since its completion in September. German regulators halted certification of the pipeline in November due to legal procedural issues. But submitting the appropriate paperwork is not the only hurdle the pipeline can face.

Russia’s military aggression on its border with Ukraine prompted a swift backlash from the United States and its European allies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin justified the military build-up of nearly 100,000 troops along the Ukrainian border as a precaution, and threatened military action if NATO expanded its membership eastward.

Pipes for the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline are stored in the premises of the Port of Mokran near Sassnitz, Germany

Pipes for the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline are stored in the premises of the Port of Mokran near Sassnitz, Germany
(Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP, file)

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Putin has routinely called on former Soviet states such as Ukraine to ban NATO membership, but the West has promised consequences if Russia violates its neighbor’s sovereignty.

Last month, Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Robert Habeck, warned Russia of “serious consequences” and threatened to block the pipeline’s completion if the Kremlin attacked Ukraine.

Likewise, President Biden threatened Putin with “strong economic measures” and White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan went so far as to suggest that Nord Stream 2 could be used as a bargaining chip.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan called a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan called a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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“The reality is that the gas is not currently flowing through the Nord Stream 2 pipeline,” Sullivan told reporters earlier this month. “Which means it’s not working. Which means it’s not Putin’s influence.

“It is a leverage for the West because if Vladimir Putin wants to see gas flow through this pipeline, he may not want to risk invading Ukraine,” he added.

The United States and Russia are scheduled to hold talks in Geneva next month regarding the security concerns of both countries.

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