EU's Breakthrough Decision on Nord Stream 2: Key Points

Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron at France Armistice Day

Germany Russia Defend Nord Stream 2 As France Joins EU Anti Pipeline Move Sputnik Irina Kalashnikova

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.

The draft agreement between France and Germany has reportedly been submitted for discussion among EU ambassadors, working on revising the EU Gas Directive.

Germany will not become dependent on Russian Federation for gas due to Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, stressing that it was crucial to ensure Ukraine remained a transit country for gas.

The pipeline, owned by Russian state energy firm Gazprom, has been a focus of worldwide attention since Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea in 2014.

France, a pivotal player in the EU gas talks, had said earlier it would support European Union oversight of new offshore energy pipelines, a move that could have crippled plans for the undersea pipeline between Russian Federation and Germany.

The ambassadors were due to wrap up the talks on the gas rules later Friday afternoon, they added.

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"If the project obstacles, to force Russia Gas through Ukraine to its terms and conditions, to pump up their Rates and uncertainties in legal things, then fold this number is likely to be", said Deputy foreign Minister Alexander Pankin, the news Agency Ria Novosti, according to without a country.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the pipeline would not make Germany dependent on Russian Federation and stressed that Ukraine must remain a transit country.

The European Commission has voiced criticism of the pipeline project as it runs counter to the aims of European energy independence.

In a last-minute announcement, France agreed to back a European Union proposal creating hurdles for a controversial natural-gas pipeline, rejecting an appeal by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.

Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture of Russian gas giant Gazprom and five European companies. This could have consequences for Nord Stream 2. "I say "no", if we diversify at the same time", Merkel told a news conference in Bratislava, where she met the leaders of the Visegrad group - Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. "Now that there's a compromise, this will one way or another reinforce the commission", a diplomat from one anti-Nord Stream 2 European Union country said.

Wolfgang Büchele of the German Eastern Business Association (OAOEV) also warned against rule changes: "We find it disconcerting that an economically sensible project in which a number of European companies are financially involved, among them some from France, is now being called into question as a result of irrelevant political deliberations and sustained pressure from the United States". France's European Affairs Ministry has not commented on the issue.

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