Russia responds to European court ruling on Opal gas pipeline

Cancellation in court of the European Commission’s decision to increase Gazprom’s access to the Opal gas pipeline, which is a continuation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, will affect not only Russia's position in negotiations with Ukraine and the European Commission, but will also affect the gas supply to European countries.




This was in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel, said Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, Alexander Novak.

The minister declined to give a more detailed comment, citing the fact that the lawyers of the Ministry of Energy have not yet completed the elaboration of the decision of the EU court regarding Gazprom’s access to Opal.

The head of the department noted that the decision of the European Commission, adopted with the German regulator and Gazprom, was legally verified, and therefore the Ministry needs to understand the assessment of this decision by the European Commission and legal services.

Recall that with the cancellation by the court of the European Commission’s decision of 2016, the situation returns to the conditions of 2009, when Gazprom, in addition to 50% access to Opal’s facilities, was required to sell Czechs 3 billion cubic meters of gas per year on conditions that did not suit the Russian company supplier.

The next round of tripartite negotiations, with the participation of Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission, is scheduled for September 19, 2019.
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  1. kgv51 Offline
    kgv51 (Gennady) 12 September 2019 19: 25
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    Again we will consider only the economic component of the problem?
    1. Bason. Hicks Offline
      Bason. Hicks (Imperialist) 13 September 2019 01: 44
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      Decision of the European Court to restrict Gazprom’s access to the Opal gas pipeline, the onshore continuation of Nord Stream, You can still appeal. . This opinion was expressed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Kozak, RIA Novosti reported.
      “Still, the court decision, but this is not the last resort, there is still the opportunity to appeal. We, of course, are doing this. ””he noted, adding that a specific reaction takes time. According to Kozak, the discussion to develop a joint action plan with Gazprom will begin on September 13.
      On Tuesday, September 10, the European Court overturned the decision of the European Commission of 2016, which allowed Gazprom to gain expanded access to Opal's facilities. He was considered a violation of the principle of energy solidarity. Now Gazprom has the right to occupy only half of Opal, that is, pump no more than 12,8 billion cubic meters per year. The company has lost the ability to additionally supply European consumers up to 10,2 billion cubic meters.

      Which conclusion can be drawn: China will buy everything that does not fit in Europe.
      And these 10,2 yards will go to Europe from the rear, through the "Turkish Stream". Deutsche will pay less for pumping, because 50% of Opal is free.

      And do not forget: December 1, 2019 - Launch "The Power of Siberia".
      laughing
      1. 123 Offline
        123 (123) 13 September 2019 08: 47
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        Gas is supplied to China from fields in Eastern Siberia; they are not connected to the pipeline through which gas is delivered to Europe.
  2. Robots, damn us the EU? China, India, Pakistan - these are rich, populous countries that, without being stiffened, gobble up all our gas and ask for more!
    1. bobba94 Offline
      bobba94 (Vladimir) 12 September 2019 19: 44
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      They’ll gobble up, and Russia will not refuse them gas, there are no questions. The questions are different .... where are the existing gas pipelines, where are the LNG plants, where is the fleet of gas carriers for LNG transportation, where is it all, and will it be in the next 40 years?
      1. Bason. Hicks Offline
        Bason. Hicks (Imperialist) 13 September 2019 02: 08
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        Everything is and will be soon. Believe me.
        1. bobba94 Offline
          bobba94 (Vladimir) 13 September 2019 19: 46
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          I am a pessimist, and I have two minuses. You are an optimist, and you have one minus. Conclusion ..... the uterus is angry with me for the truth, but they simply don’t believe you.
      2. sgrabik Offline
        sgrabik (Sergei) 14 September 2019 15: 14
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        And Yamal - LNG - what is this? The first phase has recently been launched, the second and subsequent phases will be introduced in the next two to three years. Having reached full design capacity, it will be able to produce liquefied gas up to 14-15% of the total world LNG production.
  3. Dzafdet Offline
    Dzafdet (Sergei) 12 September 2019 20: 25
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    Oh, how Americans were pissed off ... They are shaking and shaking. When will their volcano explode?
  4. bratchanin3 Offline
    bratchanin3 (Gennady) 12 September 2019 21: 25
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    It is necessary to focus on China, and let Europe freeze. But Russian liberalists, led by Medvedev, will not allow this and, to the detriment of Russia, will agree to any conditions, even the most humiliating ones.
  5. Bason. Hicks Offline
    Bason. Hicks (Imperialist) 13 September 2019 01: 33
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    Local analysts and jumping Ukrainians.

    We read carefully:

    German gas pipeline operator Opal Opal Gastransport, cannot itself limit Gazprom’s pumping volumes, but has not yet received an order from the German Federal Network Agency, RIA Novosti reported.

    “An official order is needed. Opal Gastransport has not received such an order at present. We are in close negotiations with the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) as the agency responsible for Opal.” - The company said.

    On Tuesday, the EU court overturned the European Commission’s decision of 2016 to expand Gazprom’s access to Opal’s facilities, considering it violating the principle of energy solidarity. The gas pipeline operator Opal took note of this, but the topic is still open.

    "We took note of the decision ... which is not yet final," - stated in Opal Gastransport.
    1. Aleksey Glotov Offline
      Aleksey Glotov (alexey glotov) 13 September 2019 09: 31
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      We will find out soon ... until 2020, there is not much left.
      1. yuriy55 Offline
        yuriy55 (Yuri Vasilievich) 13 September 2019 11: 00
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        Quote: Aleksey Glotov
        We will find out soon ... until 2020, there is not much left.

        Aha wassat We will find out soon ... until 2024, there is not much left.
        1. gore Offline
          gore (Alexander) 18 September 2019 07: 29
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          Why wait? For example, I am already pretty sure that in 2024 - 2030 Putin is the president of Russia ...
  6. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 13 September 2019 07: 40
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    And it always happens, and it always will be, when the state and government officials put their monetary interests above the interests of the homeland and its citizens! They will do whatever they say for the sake of $ and pay how much they say! Remember how many show-offs were with the European Parliament, and still paid EVERYTHING. Any government for its citizens must provide two conditions - this is the safety and well-being of its citizens! So what kind of well-being can we talk about when the more we sell, the higher the prices for our citizens?
    1. gore Offline
      gore (Alexander) 18 September 2019 07: 31
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      The logic is simple: "Beat your own, so that strangers are afraid" ...
  7. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 13 September 2019 08: 26
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    - Personally, I have already written so much about ... about ... about ... about illiterate, unprofessional Gazprom; explicit and undisguised racket from the West. Europe about future troubles (to put it mildly) with Turkey, when the Turkish gas pipeline will be launched; about what Russia expects in the process of gas supplies to China according to the Power of Siberia; into what trap Gazprom ... etc ... etc ...- It’s simply not possible for Gazprom to have little competence and lack of knowledge in gas affairs to counter sophisticated Western and other "business sharks" ... - Not Gazprom’s “brains” to counter all this ... - It’s not for your Russian population to hang noodles on their ears ...
    - Weak Gazprom is not a fighter in the Western market ... - and he will do (and do) everything, how ... how ... how beneficial to the "Western partners" ... - Well, then what ..? Well, Europe by any means will not be left without gas ... - it does not have such a problem ...
    - And who has the problem? - Yes, everything is at the same Gazprom ... - Europe devours Russian gas and constantly snaps its fingers - and Garson Gazprom is standing on its hind legs ... - And Europe is also unhappy ... - it threatens Gazprom that, they say that he serves poorly .. - and that she will cut his salary ... - and that she would even prefer a “dish of American gas” ... -Hahah ...
    - In short ... - Gazprom will accept all the "current conditions" to limit its access to the Opal gas pipeline ... and ... and ... and ... and will receive another additional "chain" to which Zap. Europe is planting the entire SP-2 ... - That's it ... - the SP-2 gas pipeline has not yet been launched, and Gazprom has more than enough "chains" ...
    - But that one, the "rusty chain" ... - the gas pipeline that goes along the steppes of Ukraine ... - also did not go away ...
    - Soon Gazprom will start Zap for this “chain”. Pull Europe ... and blackmail American LNG ...
    - Such illiterate Gazprom affairs ... - Alas ...
    1. Bulanov Offline
      Bulanov (Vladimir) 13 September 2019 08: 38
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      If Gazprom is so illiterate, why is their salary so high?
      1. gorenina91 Offline
        gorenina91 (Irina) 13 September 2019 09: 16
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        -Yes ... -It is so ... -Gazprom has to be content only with what he manages to fill his pocket ... - Well, of course, these are huge funds ... for "personal use" ... - And the officials themselves have a wonderful life ... - But nothing more ...
        - But, to create a gas empire; modify the whole world gas monopoly; deploy throughout Zap. Europe does not have a competitive network of Russian Gazprom gas gas stations and terminals; set up Russian LNG plants throughout Europe; create a Russian gas syndicate with branches around the world, etc ... etc ... etc ... - And for this, Gazprom had absolutely everything ... - and even gas - more than enough ...
        - And instead ... - just stupidly work in your pocket ... - and somehow get out to stuff this pocket ... and constantly endure litigation with states that do not have gas fields ... - And only ??? - Yes, it's just ... - Hahah ...
        - Then you yourself will see ... how ... how ... how China will unfold in this field, when it will squeeze out all of its "miserable business" from a weak Gazprom ... - It will be just a world gas leader a monopolist ...
        - Unfortunately for all of us ... - this time is just around the corner ... Alas ...
        1. Aleksey Glotov Offline
          Aleksey Glotov (alexey glotov) 13 September 2019 09: 33
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          Look too pessimistic at Gazprom ... I do not believe your forecast.
      2. sgrabik Offline
        sgrabik (Sergei) 14 September 2019 15: 25
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        Because Gazprom has too "effective" managers, they can very efficiently put a few hundred thousand dollars in their salaries in their pocket, and at the same time have little to answer for.
    2. mister-red Offline
      mister-red 14 September 2019 00: 26
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      Yes, some fools are sitting in Gazprom ... Remember how you scolded them a few years ago because they slept through the shale revolution? So, overslept or just smarter? No need to make smart, we do not know much. There are definitely no fools sitting there.
  8. bratchanin3 Offline
    bratchanin3 (Gennady) 13 September 2019 19: 00
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    Finally, our minister's voice erupted.
  9. bushkarik Offline
    bushkarik (Alexander Bushkovsky) 14 September 2019 12: 04
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    Our liberal government will not dare to go against the EU and the United States on the gas issue. And the Chinese "partners" in gas will not be slow to take advantage of the current situation in the European gas market for Russia, and Medvedev and Putin will bend below the plinth. And they will receive all the gas at such a discount, which is equivalent - for nothing.
  10. intervention Offline
    intervention (ECUMENISM PROSELITISM) 15 September 2019 13: 09
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    Yes, and to hell with them! When they begin to freeze in winter, they will start yelling about Russia's aggression. Yes, and let yourself yell and ... freeze!