Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov argues that EU not introduce new regulations for Nord Stream-2 as it would mean the discrimination of some project’s investors.
Speaking at a briefing with members of the Association of European Businesses (AEB), the foreign minister explained that a possible introduction of new legal practices would be considered by Moscow a discrimination for political reasons.
Sergei Lavrov also underlined that Moscow regards European Commission’s attempts to impose a negotiating mandate for talks on the Nord Stream-2 groundless.
“This is absolutely groundless, there is no reason to apply the extraterritorial law of the European Union in the Baltic Sea,” he said.
Lavrov also mentioned another challenging pipeline project, the Turkish Stream, saying that Russia is ready to work to extend the gas pipeline under this project to other European countries only after obtaining substantial legal guarantees from Brussels.
According to him, the extension of the second line of the Turkish Stream in the territory of the European Union could satisfy the growing needs of the southern and south-eastern Europe.
“We see great interest to this issue from a number of EU governments. And you are ready for this, but given the unsuccessful experience with the South Stream, we will be ready to start such work on the Turkish Stream, its lead-in in the EU only after obtaining solid legal guarantees from Brussels,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov stressed that Russia is open to developing relations with the European Union at the pace to which they are ready in Brussels.