Germany eager to launch Nord Stream 2 as soon as possible
Germany needs reliable gas supplies from Russia in the future and supports commissioning the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as soon as possible, Minister President of Germany's federal state of Saxony Michael Kretschmer said at a Russian-German conference on Thursday.
"We, Germany, of course, need reliable gas supplies from Russia. Russia [accounts for] 40% of gas demand in the European Union, which is why we would like to put the new Nord Stream 2 into operation as soon as possible," TASS cited him as saying.
Meanwhile, Germany is eager to closely cooperate with Moscow on the topic of hydrogen use for providing energy to Europe, Kretschmer said, adding that he hopes face-to-face meetings with Russia’s representatives will be held in Saxony after the pandemic.