© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Pipes at the landfall facilities of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia are pictured in Lubmin, Germany, March 7, 2022. Picture taken with a drone. Picture taken with a slow shutter speed. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo
(Reuters) – Russia has no hope of starting up its undersea gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 anytime soon, but is confident that Europe will need the pipeline some day, whatever it says now, the Kremlin said on Thursday.
Germany halted the Baltic Sea gas pipeline project, designed to double the flow of Russian gas direct to Germany, as Russia formally recognised two breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine as independent, days before sending tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine.