Russia's Gazprom announces completion of Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction

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MOSCOW, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Russia's gas giant Gazprom announced the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline construction on Friday.

"During a morning briefing, Alexey Miller, Chairman of the (Gazprom) Management Committee, announced that the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was fully completed at 8:45 Moscow times (0545 GMT) earlier this morning," Gazprom said in a statement.

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday the Nord Stream 2 pipeline would benefit Russia and consumers, adding that both Russia and Germany would share an interest in operating the pipeline as soon as possible.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Thursday that the pipeline would supply gas to millions of European consumers via the shortest and "most economical and ecological route."

She once again spoke against the politicization of the pipeline, adding that the project was purely economic.

The 1,230-km gas pipeline would bring 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea.

The operating company announced earlier on Monday that it intended to put the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline into operation before the end of the year, adding that the pipeline will ensure gas supply security and reliability, and "contribute to meeting long-term needs of the European energy market for gas imports." Enditem

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