According to Yushkov, judging by the experience of previous sanctions, most likely, you should not count on European companies, since, according to the expert, they will not violate the direct ban.

“Even if the European Union itself gives guarantees that tools will be found to circumvent the sanctions, European commercial companies will still not violate the bans,” the analyst is convinced.

At the same time, the specialist expressed the opinion that as an option that would be acceptable for both Europe and Russia, it would be possible to attract a Russian company to certify the project.

“Because there are no such restrictions on the part of the European Union: they do not prohibit anyone from certifying anything.

I think that the question of when a Russian company receives all the necessary licenses and documents, that it is able to certify such projects, such as Nord Stream 2, and it is she who issues the certificates, ”concluded the interlocutor of RT. 

Earlier, with reference to RBC, it was reported that the Norwegian company Det Norske Veritas (DNV GL) refused to certify the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline after its completion due to US sanctions against the project.

The company added that they are implementing a plan to phase out support for the project. 

In December 2020, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak announced that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline would be completed, and European partners were interested in it.

Reuters, citing sources in the administration of the incumbent US President Donald Trump, reported that Washington is preparing an expanded package of sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project.

Later, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the sanctions against Nord Stream 2 could be called an open cowboy, raider attack.