Russia and Finland are considering the Nord Stream 2 project from a pragmatic, not political, point of view, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said at a joint press conference on Jan. 29.
"As concerns Nord Stream 2, this also is a large project. We also discussed it. This concerns a commercial project, however you look at it. That's just how Russia and our European partners conceived it. Finland sees it the same way. And, in light of our work on Nord Stream 1, we intend to continue to work together, based on that approach," Medvedev said.
The Finnish prime minister said that Finland worked on the basis that the European Commission would give a legal appraisal of the project. "This is a commercial project for Finland, and we are pragmatic towards it," he said.
Medvedev, for his part, said "the sanctions, those the EU adopted and those Russia adopted, did not affect" major joint projects like the gas pipeline and nuclear power plant construction in Finland.
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