On Tuesday chief of the press service of the state Beltransgaz concern Tatyana Borodich reported to RIA Novosti that the last "golden" butt-joint of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline was welded. According to her, the "575 km-long Belorussian sector united the Polish and Russian sectors of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline into a single gas transportation system." She indicated that works to automate technological process of gas transportation and to construct 4 compressor stations would be started in the nearest future.
Transit of Russian gas across Belorussia towards Germany through the dedicated Yamal-Europe system is expected to be started already at the beginning of the next year. According to Beltransgaz specialists, it will increase reliability of gas transportation to Western customers.
All fears about what the West was trying to make of Ukraine are confirmed, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.