4 Apr 2023 14:22

Peskov on whether gas supply may resume via Nord Stream: this requires both a seller and a buyer

MOSCOW. April 4 (Interfax) - The availability of buyers is required for the resumption of Russian gas supply through Nord Stream pipelines, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Journalists asked Peskov whether Russia was ready to resume gas supply via the Nord Stream pipeline before the end of the investigation into the pipeline blasts. "It's hard to answer that question. Supplies resume when there is both a seller and a buyer," he said.

When asked to comment on the situation regarding the damaged pipelines on the seabed, which German companies have decided to reinsure, and the prospect of gas supply resumption, Peskov said, "First of all, it [the pipeline] has been destroyed, at least Nord Stream 1 [has been], and secondly, I would not be over-optimistic."

"We are closely monitoring the situation. It is still necessary to ensure a transparent international investigation with the participation of all interested parties, and to investigate every terror attack which led to the destruction of this important line," Peskov said.

"We are still convinced that this pipeline infrastructure is crucial to the energy security of Europe," he said.