US statements on compensation to Ukraine for possible transit losses due to Nord Stream 2 will not affect Russia’s position, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced the reimbursement of transit payments to Ukraine after the gas pipeline was put into operation. According to him, the United States is discussing this issue with Germany.
“I am not surprised at anything, but I am simply amazed at how much our American colleagues have already dropped out of the standard context of doing business with partners and even opponents in the international arena,” Mr. Ryabkov said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
According to him, the United States is “deeply mistaken” that such reasoning could change Russia’s position. “They only strengthen us that we are on the right course – Nord Stream 2 will be built!” He said. Sergei Ryabkov believes that over time, the United States realizes the correctness of those who “ensured the energy security of Europe for decades to come, including through the implementation of this project”, since it will become “an element of the modern architecture of energy security in Europe and Eurasia.”
On June 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the completion of the first string of the gas pipeline. Later, Mr. Blinken, explaining the waiver of sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 operator, Nord Stream 2 AG, said that the worst outcome of the pipeline would have been poisoned relations between the United States and Germany. He noted that with the help of sanctions it would not have been possible to stop construction. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that due to Nord Stream 2, his country would lose about $ 3 billion a year.
Read more about the statement of the President of Russia – in the material of Kommersant “The first string of Nord Stream 2 has finished winding.”