Russia: Kiev can't disrupt Nord Stream 2
In light of implementing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Russia is confident Kiev will not disrupt the process.
Russia is confident that Kiev will not be able to disrupt the implementation process of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, and gas will pass through it to Europe, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said.
“We believe that this project cannot be disrupted. It was built in accordance with all legal requirements,” Novak said in an interview for RBC when asked whether Kiev has a chance to disrupt the Nord Stream 2 project.
"There was a lot of opposition, but nevertheless... we are confident that this gas pipeline will supply gas to Europe," he said.
Ukrainian gas transportation system
Russia considered that in proper economic and technical it will want the Ukrainian gas transportation infrastructure even until 2024, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.
"Given favorable economic conditions and the proper technical condition, I think that after 2024, certainly, the corresponding capacities of the gas transportation infrastructure of Ukraine will be booked," Novak said in an interview for RBC.
Earlier, Germany's new Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock declared that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia will not be allowed to operate in the event of any new "escalation" in Ukraine, under an agreement between Berlin and Washington.
'No point' in US sanctions
Yesterday, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of Economic Cooperation, Dmitry Birichevsky, said that Washington’s sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project are pointless as the construction of the gas pipeline has been completed
"To be honest, we see no point in Washington's sanctions policy in conditions when the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has already been built," the diplomat said.
Birichevsky added the US actions against the project are "contrary to the interests of most European countries."
The US accuses Russia of military buildup
Earlier, the US accused Russia of continuing to intensify its army buildup along Ukraine's border and issued new warnings against any "aggression" by Moscow.
The US previously urged Russia to withdraw from the borders, warning that G7 and allies would impose "tough measures" if Moscow "abandons diplomacy".
A US State Department spokesperson told AFP that "Russia continues escalating and has not reversed its troop buildup."
However, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied any such reports in the US media about an alleged possible Russian attack on Ukraine, accusing Washington of trying to escalate the situation and holding Moscow responsible.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova was quoted by Kommersant as saying, “The [United] States is conducting a special operation to aggravate the situation around Ukraine while shifting the responsibility onto Russia.”
Moreover, Ukraine has denied reports of a Russian military buildup near its eastern border, which had raised fears of an escalation on the borders.