OREANDA-NEWS. The representative of the Ministry of Economy of the Federal Republic of Germany Suzanne Ungrad refused to answer the question about the possible timing of the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. This was reported by RIA Novosti.

It is noted that she asked journalists to ask their question to the Federal Network Agency, which is responsible for the certification of SP2.

“The operating permit has already been received. It's about certification. The Federal Network Agency is responsible for this, ”Ungrad said during the briefing.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the completion on Wednesday, December 29, of filling the second string of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with gas.

The corresponding information was confirmed by the chairman of the board of "Gazprom" Alexey Miller.

Putin, in turn, noted that the gas pipeline will serve to stabilize prices in the European market.

“This is undoubtedly, this new route, an additional one, will serve to resolve the issue of stabilizing prices in the European market,” Putin said at a meeting on the passage of the heating season, ”the Russian leader emphasized.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak spoke about the timing of the completion of the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He stated that the maximum period when the certification of the project should be completed is the end of the first half of 2022. Novak hopes that Europe will not put forward new demands for the launch of the pipeline, politicizing the project.