Speaking at a press conference in the Lithuanian city of Vilnius, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reiterated the importance of the Nord Stream 2 project.
“The demand for gas will grow, and the Nord Stream 2 may be very important”, Angela Merkel was quoted by TASS news agency as saying.
At the same time, the Chancellor has noted that she is aware of concerns and doubts about this pipeline on the part of the Baltic countries. Merkel has also drawn attention to the fact that Ukraine should remain a transit country for energy resources.
On September 13, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry, following a meeting with the head of the Russian Ministry of Energy Alexander Novak, admitted that new sanctions against Russia over the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline could be introduced. Novak, in turn, expressed hope that a sensible approach would prevail and the Nord Stream 2 project would continue to be implemented. According to him, Russia's position is based on the interest of European consumers.