Lavrov: European Commission procedures impede the implementation of mutually beneficial projects

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the measures taken by the European Commission were hampering the implementation of useful projects for Russia and the European Union, for example the Nord Stream-2 project.

“EU commissioners tend to think they are presidents, and therefore ignore national governments, and this is what happens in the Nord Stream 2 project,” Lavrov said at a meeting with students of the Institute of International Relations in Moscow.

Lavrov added that there is an official document from the European Commission’s legal body stating that this project does not in any way violate the EU’s current rule and does not require further coordination, but the European Commission says, “Well, that’s what our legal department said, but we think in a way Other “.

“It is an example that the Brussels actions can be seen as an obstacle to implementing mutually beneficial projects,” Lavrov said.

The Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, which runs 1,220 kilometers to the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany, will have a capacity of 27.5 billion cubic meters per year. The new pipeline, essentially the same as the Nord Stream pipeline, will double its capacity The total cost of the project is € 9.9 billion