“As for the“ last ”chance, I am generally far from using such terms.

Any situation changes and the rules of the European Union can also change, and the situation can change, and the EU's attitude to what is happening ... Now, for example, very high gas prices, they should influence how all these things should be regulated ", - said Mitrahovich.

The expert also added that Gazprom has applied for the registration of Nord Stream 2 AG as an independent operator, therefore, first of all, it is worth waiting for a decision on this issue.

“This possibility is provided for by the EU antitrust law and the adopted amendments to the Gas Directive in the summer of 2019.

So it is necessary, at least, to wait for the decision of the Federal Network Agency of Germany on this application.

If it is rejected, we will see what other options are available, ”the specialist said.

As options, Mitrahovich named, for example, organizing the sale of gas either at the exit from Russia, or at a virtual hub in the Baltic Sea for European companies to buy it and pump it as their own gas.

In addition, he expressed the opinion that part of the shares of Nord Stream 2 AG could be sold.

But, he says, he doesn't think "there will be a full sale." 

"I think that this article is informational pressure on Gazprom, which comes after the decision of the court in Dusseldorf," the interlocutor of RT concluded.

Earlier, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, citing a statement by politicians, reported that German officials had offered to sell Nord Stream 2 to Gazprom in order to circumvent the EU rules.

The pipeline could reportedly be sold to another certified operator as the last option to bypass the EU Gas Directive.

According to the updated rules, the pipeline entering the territory of the European Union must either be partially filled by an alternative supplier, or that part of it that is located on the territory of the block must be owned by a third-party company.