Putin says Russia can feed EU through Nord Stream 2: On Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin said Russian gas could still reach Europe through one Nord Stream 2 pipeline section. Still, the decision to do so now rested with the EU.
The explosions last month that broke the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines on the bottom of the Baltic Sea are the subject of an ongoing international inquiry.
Putin said the pipelines could fix, but Russia and Europe should determine how to handle them.
There are three damage Nord Stream pipelines. Only one of Nord Stream 2’s two working lines, which can move 27.5 billion cubic meters of gas annually, is still in place.
According to Putin, if Europe desired, Russia could turn on the gas taps on that connection.
Gas has been seeping from the pipes, which have now become a flashpoint in the Ukraine crisis, into the Baltic Sea off the coasts of Sweden and Denmark.
Europe thinks there was sabotage, which Moscow quickly blamed on the West, making it sound like the US stood to gain.