Russian President Vladimir Putin has introduced the completion of the primary stage of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
The challenge goals to ship Russian fuel to Germany.
Putin made the announcement on the St Petersburg Financial Discussion board, the primary large-scale worldwide face-to-face assembly of the enterprise group for the reason that pandemic started.
He additionally spoke in regards to the modernisation of vitality to realize carbon neutrality and proposed different international locations be vaccinated with the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.
“I am glad to announce that at the moment two and a half hours in the past, the laying of the primary line of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline was efficiently accomplished. Work on the second line continues,” Putin mentioned, “On the German aspect, the pipes have arrived. On the Russian aspect, they need to be lifted and welded, that is all. However the laying itself is completed,” added Putin.
He rejected the criticism from the US which argues that it is a part of Moscow’s efforts to advance its geopolitical targets.
Putin additionally praised his nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, the vaccination rollout has been gradual largely resulting from scepticism and consultants have questioned whether or not the federal government’s goal of vaccinating greater than 30 million individuals of the nation’s 146 million individuals by mid-June will likely be met.