The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which runs the certification process for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, confirmed on Tuesday that the process will not continue. Earlier, the German government halted the approval process for the Russian-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline until further notice due to the escalating Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Olaf Scholz reported.
“In light of recent developments, the situation must be reassessed,” – Scholz explained on Tuesday. He stressed that the reason for halting the project was Russia’s formal recognition of two separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.
“Certification of the Nord Stream 2 operator requires a positive assessment by the German Ministry of Economic Affairs, confirming that security of supply is not threatened. This is not possible in the current situation.” – The Federal Network Agency stated in a statement.
The agency also explained that it cannot currently certify NS2 and stressed in the statement that “operation of the pipeline without certification would be illegal.”
Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski has repeatedly called for an “immediate” halt to the construction of the Baltic gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.