By constructing Nord Stream II pipeline, Russia tries to worsen gas prices and strip Ukraine of in-transit incomes. Yuriy Vitrenko, director for business development at Naftogaz Ukraine, said this in an interview with Interfax Ukraine news agency.
“Russia can’t let Ukraine have competitive advantage in terms of gas price in the EU, so the Russian side is building gas pipeline to Germany. Under these conditions, Ukraine will have to buy gas and pay extra money for transportation of the fuel”, he said.
According to Vitrenko, sooner or later, the European Commission will have to insist that Russia’s Gazprom adheres to European rules of competition. “That, in turn, will result in lower (which means better) prices of Russian gas transited via the Ukrainian territory to EU consumers. Currently, the price is higher, because Russian gas is being sold on the “hub price plus transportation price” basis, which of course is unprofitable for Russia”, Vitrenko said.
“Russia wants to destroy Ukraine’s statehood. That’s why it attacks our cities, sends saboteurs and that’s why it annexed Crimea. It makes everything possible to destroy the state”, the official concluded.
The Nord Stream II is a project of gas transmission pipeline. The construction works are to begin in 2018. The project foresees further broadening and modernization of the Nord Stream pipeline. By promoting the Nord Stream II, Russia aims to refuse from transit of its gas supplies through the Ukrainian territory.