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Nord Stream 2 construction destroys EU unity, it should be stopped, - Poroshenko

Poroshenko assured that the Ukrainian side is ready to provide the guarantees of the reliability of gas transit through Ukraine
17:04, 22 May 2018

администрация президента Украины

The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline destroys the unity of the EU and should be stopped. Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine claimed this at the briefing after meeting with Estonian president as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.

'We have discussed Nord Stream 2 issue, clearly noted that this project is not the economic project, it harms the European unity. We have clearly noted that today we have to make every effort to stop the political project that destroys the EU unity', Poroshenko noted.

Related: Trump urges Merkel to refuse from support of Nord Stream 2

At the same time, the Ukrainian leader assured that the Ukrainian side is ready to provide the guarantees of the reliability of gas transit through Ukraine.

Earlier Poroshenko offered Germany an alternative to Nord Stream 2 claiming that the project is economically unfeasible. He offered to supply the gas through Ukraine.

Related: US criticizes Germany for cooperation with Russia in Nord Stream 2 construction

Poroshenko described Russia as an extremely non-reliable partner, adding that the implementation of Nord Stream II would lead to the economic and power isolation of Ukraine.

On May 18, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin met in Sochi. There Putin claimed that the transit of the Russian gas through Ukraine will be continued after the establishment of the Nord Stream 2 if it is economically reasonable.

Related: German environmentalists request court to ban Nord Stream 2

At the same time, Angela Merkel stated that after the construction of the Nord Stream 2 Ukraine’s role as a transit state should be preserved.

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.

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