“I think that Nord Stream 2 will be completed.

The question is when, ”he said in an interview with RND.

Maas also commented on criticism of the project from the United States.

“We define our energy policy and supply here in Europe.

We are not criticizing the fact that the United States more than doubled its oil imports from Russia last year and is now the world's second largest importer of Russian heavy oil.

The United States is exercising its right to an independent energy policy.

We do this too, ”the minister said.

On October 1, the Danish energy agency issued Nord Stream 2 AG a permit to operate Nord Stream 2 on the country's continental shelf.

As Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted, the implementation of the project is now a matter of honor for Germany.