In the dispute over the construction of the Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 warns Moscow against new hurdles.
The pipeline is due to emerge at the German Baltic port of Greifswald, from where gas will be distributed to other European Union countries.
Delay in the construction of the pipeline would weaken Moscow's leverage in talks with Ukraine over a new gas transit deal this year and would create uncertainty for Gazprom partners involved. "Yes, we are ready to support the Ukrainian Transit will continue, but under the terms we need".
France and Germany have struck a compromise allowing Berlin to remain the lead negotiator with Russian Federation on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe, a proposed deal showed Friday. In the case of Nord stream - 2 that country is Germany.
Russian Federation is one of the EU's largest suppliers of energy - it accounted for 39% of the bloc's gas imports in 2013, ahead of Norway, which is part of the EU's single market. The essence of the proposal of Germany and France is that the country which is producing gas from the sea gas pipeline, will have the right choice of formula applied to the draft regulation of the EU Gas Directive and possible exemptions from it. At the same time, but it should be ensured that the completion of the 1200-kilometre long pipeline is not compromised.
In the end 27 of the bloc's 28 ambassadors reportedly agreed with a Franco-German compromise, which meant that Germany could remain as lead negotiator on the Nord Stream 2 project. The total cost of the project has been estimated at 9.5 bln euro.
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France obviously wants to oppose the construction of the second branch of the North Stream gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany, Deutsche Welle is reporting.
"I think this is a good day and it wouldn't have happened this way without German-French cooperation", Merkel said.
Although Chancellor Merkel has always been a proponent of the pipeline, not everyone in Germany shares her enthusiasm.
"As per Article 36 on any exemption, the EC has a final word but, in my view, it would be very hard for the EC to require a significant and arbitrary cap on Nord Stream-2 capacity utilisation to be part of such exemption", Yafimava said, adding that on the contrary, the German NRA would be in a strong position not to introduce such cap because it could say that as most of capacity in European gas pipeline link (EUGAL) has been booked under legally binding contracts and neither the NRA nor the Commission raised objections to the "more capacity" procedure under which it has been done, and it closely mirrored draft CAM NC - Capacity Allocation Mechanisms, it must match NS2 capacity utilisation. Norbert Röttgen, a member of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) and head of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, told the German newspaper Tagesspiegel that Germany has "isolated" itself on the issue.
Although Reinhard Bütikofer was critical of Richard Grenell's DW column, the chairman of the European Green party said, "it is extremely embarrassing for German politics that our government insists upon being the very last to acknowledge that Nord Stream 2 runs counter to European and German interests".