Ukraine will not be able to prevent the completion of the construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. At the same time, Kyiv will do everything possible to ensure that the gas pipeline is not certified, said the head of Naftogaz Yuriy Vitrenko in an interview with Radio Liberty.
According to him, the Ukrainian side is fighting to exclude the commercial exploitation of Nord Stream 2.
"Because for Ukraine it is not important that, relatively speaking, there was this pipe or there was no pipe, but it is important that no gas flows through it bypassing Ukraine. And we need to make sure that this gas does not go through this pipe", he explained.
According to Vitrenko, Kyiv is working to ensure that the gas pipeline is not certified. This is possible if it can be proved that the pipeline operator is controlled by Russian Gazprom and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
European law prohibits one person or group of persons from controlling both the production and transportation of gas.
"And this is recorded even in this joint statement of the United States and Germany. They say that they will do everything to ensure that European legislation, in particular the Third Energy Package, is applied both in accordance with the letter of the law and in the spirit of the law," added the head of Naftogaz ".
As a reminder, on July 21, following talks on the prospects for launching the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the United States and Germany made a joint statement in support of Ukraine, European energy security and climate goals.
The document notes that if Russia tries to use energy as a weapon or takes further aggressive actions against Ukraine, Germany will act at the national level and urge the European Union to take effective measures, including sanctions, to restrict Russian export opportunities to Europe in the energy sector.
And on the same day it became known that Ukraine was officially initiating consultations with the European Commission and the Federal Republic of Germany regarding Nord Stream 2, which threatens the security of Ukraine and violates the principles of diversification of the EU Energy Union.