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EU can extend gas directive action for third countries’ pipelines to counter Nord Stream 2

Our position is clear and we think that the construction of the ‘Nord Stream 2’ will not further the diversification of the gas supplied to the EU
16:40, 6 April 2018

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The European Council discusses the possibility to extend the action of the gas directive for the pipelines of third countries within the measures of the countering the construction of Russian ‘Nord Stream 2’ gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine. Dominique Ristori, the Director General of Directorate General for Energy of European Commission claimed this as 112.ua reported.

‘Our position is clear and we think that the construction of the ‘Nord Stream 2’ will not further the diversification of the gas supplied to the EU. We have to solutions of the issue: the first one is the provision of the mandate to hold the negotiations with Russia on ‘Nord Stream 2’. The second is the making of the amendments in the EU gas directive to extend its action for the transport networks, pipelines of the third countries’, Ristori claimed.

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According to him, the offer was already voted in the European Parliament and not it is discussed in the European Council.

Ristori emphasized that if ‘Nord Stream 2’ is constructed, it will violate the principles of the European legislation, particularly, such as transparency, non-discriminatory and admission for the energy networks of the third countries.

Related: Construction of Nord Stream-2 is a serious danger, - Poroshenko

Ihor Nasalik, the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry noted that Ukraine finds ‘Nord Stream 2’ as a project that has nothing to do with the diversification of the gas supplied to the EU.

‘It is just a political project that aims against Ukraine’, Nasalik noted.

As we reported the government of Finland approved the construction ‘Nord Stream-2’ gas pipeline on April 5, 2018.

Earlier Germany approved the construction of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline section on its territory.

Related: Nord Stream II poses danger to EU energy independence, - EU Observer

Russia’s leading energy enterprise Gazprom and its partners intend to start implementing the Nord Stream-2 project worth almost 10 billion euros in April 2018. The 1,200-kilometers-long pipeline is to be laid through the Baltic Sea, linking Russia and Germany – bypassing Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic States. The capacity will be twice larger than that of Nord Stream-1. The construction is to be complete by late 2019.

The construction of gas pipeline Nord Stream-2 doesn’t imply terminating the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine, but the transit can be preserved only through competitive tariffs and canceling the Ukrainian lawsuits against Gazprom.

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