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Member of Bundestag opposes participation of Ukraine and Poland in certifying Nord Stream 2

Klaus Ernst, a member of the German Parliament from the party The Left and former head of the Bundestag's Economic and Energy Committee, stated that neither Kyiv nor Warsaw should become participants in the certification process for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He pointed out that Ukraine had only one task—to pay bills.

Quote"Why should we not get gas from Russia if Ukraine does not pay the bills?... There are no problems if the bills are paid," the outlet RBC quotes the politician as saying.

Moreover, Klaus stressed that all the agreements between Washington and Berlin, including those relating to the sanctions against the Russian Federation, if the Kremlin uses gas as a weapon against Kyiv, "are complete nonsense."

The politician stressed that the quickest possible launch of Nord Stream 2 would reduce gas prices for the population of Germany. He suggested that certification of the pipeline could be completed early next year.

Context. In late September, the German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) allowed the Polish state energy company PGNiG and its subsidiary PGNiG Supply & Trading GmbH to certify Gazprom's subsidiary Nord Stream 2 AG as an independent operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

In October, Naftogaz of Ukraine submitted an application to the German regulator to participate in the certification process for the Nord Stream 2 operator.

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