The news caused a jump in European natural gas markets, with the price of U.K. natural gas futures soaring more than 9 percent on Tuesday.

A German regulator on Tuesday suspended its certification of Nord Stream 2, an undersea pipeline intended to transport natural gas directly to Germany from Russia that has been the source of a long-running dispute between Berlin, Washington and Brussels, the New York Times reports.

The action means that the recently completed pipeline will not begin supplying gas to Germany anytime soon, and comes against the backdrop of a politically charged jump in energy prices in Europe and tensions between Moscow and Europe over Belarus and Ukraine.

The news caused a jump in European natural gas markets, with the price of U.K. natural gas futures soaring more than 9 percent on Tuesday.

It also comes as Germany finds itself in political limbo, with Chancellor Angela Merkel, a firm supporter of the pipeline project, reduced to a caretaker role while leaders from the Social Democratic, Green and Free Democratic parties debate the makeup of a new government, one that has the potential to be less favorable to its predecessor’s pet energy project.

In its ruling, Germany’s Federal Network Agency, which oversees the country’s essential infrastructure, said that the decision of the Swiss company that owns the pipeline to set up a subsidiary in Germany meant that more paperwork was required. Once the subsidiary has met the necessary bureaucratic requirements, an evaluation can begin anew.

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