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Russia may seek to revive Nord Stream 2: report

07.12.2023 13:30
Russia may be preparing to repair and launch the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany under the Baltic Sea, which was damaged by explosions last year, according to a report.  
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Following the September 2022 blasts, Nord Stream 2 remains unfit to deliver gas, according to the government in Berlin, the biznesalert.pl website reported on Thursday.

Recent ship movements suggest that Russia may be preparing to repair and launch the pipeline, the Polish website said.

The Russian diving support vessel Igor Ilyin has been circling around Nord Stream 2's entry point into the Baltic Sea, near the port of Ust-Luga, since September, according to biznesalert.pl

The ship has been "moving ever farther from the shore," biznesalert.pl reported.

Nord Stream 2 has not been launched due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, it noted.

NATO regards the September 2022 explosions as sabotage and has since "enhanced patrols near critical undersea infrastructure," according to officials.

Meanwhile, pro-Russian politicians in Germany have called for the resumption of gas deliveries from Russia, biznesalert.pl reported.

The Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines would cost some USD 500,000 to repair, according to officials.

The European Union has vowed to cease buying gas from Russia by the end of 2027, biznesalert.pl reported.

Thursday is day 652 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.


Source: biznesalert.pl, Reuters