Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom is determined to go ahead with Nord Stream 2, a massive gas pipeline connecting Russia with the rest of Europe.
The company responded to doubts about the viability of the project by confirming that the structure will be built in full compliance with European legislation.
Alexander Medvedev, Gazprom’s Management Committee’s Deputy Chairman, said: "Ground infrastructure to transport gas from Nord Stream 2 will be built by the European companies in full compliance with the requirements of the EU energy, antitrust and environmental legislation."
Members of the European Parliament are sceptical about the proposals, citing energy security concerns. In a recent statement, they said: "Doubling the capacity of the Nord Stream pipeline could have counterproductive effects on energy security, the diversification of supply sources and solidarity among member states, say MEPs… If, contrary to European interests, Nord Stream 2 were to be built, this would necessarily require a sound assessment of LNG terminals’ accessibility and a detailed assessment of the North-South Gas Corridor, to be able to compensate for shutting down the supply lines to Central and Eastern Europe."
But what is the project all about, and what do we know about it so far? Here are 13 facts:
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