Russia Grants All Permits for Nord Stream 2 Project

Nord Stream 2 AG, the company operating the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, obtained a permit for laying the subsea segment of the gas line in the territorial sea of the Russian Federation, the company said on Tuesday.

According to RIA, the permit was issued by the Russian environmental regulator and covers a 114 km gas pipeline segment on the bottom of the Russian territorial sea. Practical implementation of the project within the framework of the granted permit will start shortly, according to Nord Stream 2 AG.

The Russian Ministry of Construction earlier issued another permit to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Russia.

“All the permits necessary for construction of the Russian section of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline have now been received,” the company said.

On Monday, a spokesman for the German chancellor said Angela Merkel said Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Germany this Saturday, with Nord Stream 2, a controversial project said by opponents to increase Russia’s energy grip on Europe, expected to be on the agenda.  

Spokesman Steffen Seibert said the German chancellor will host the Russian president in her residence north of Berlin next Saturday for a meeting, at which the two leaders will discuss ongoing foreign policy issues.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, told a daily conference call that the two leaders will discuss Ukraine and Syria, as well as “bilateral trade ties”, “large international commercial projects”, Nord Stream-2 and other issues.