The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress unanimously adopted the resolution, which stands against completion of the Russian gas pipeline “Nord Stream 2”, as Ukraine’s Embassy to the U.S. reported on Facebook.
'The document, in particular, contains the urge to the governments of the European states to refuse from the “Nord Stream 2” and the support of the imposition of sanctions against the gas pipeline, according to Article 232 “Bill on Counteracting America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act”,' the message said.
The resolution also notes that the gas pipeline is the step backward concerning the provision of the energy safety of Europe and interests of the U.S. It contains the persistent urge to the U.S. president to use all existent tools to support the energy safety of Europe for the policy of reduction of its dependence from the Russian energy.
As is known, Russia's energy monopolist Gazprom and its partners are intended to begin the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project, which costed ten billion dollars in April 2018. It is expected that the 1,200 km-long gas pipeline will be laid through the Baltic Sea, and will connect Russia and Germany, bypassing Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic countries. The capacity of the gas pipeline will be twice as much as the first Nord Stream's. The construction is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019.
Nord Stream 2 will have the capacity to transport 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Ukraine could lose up to $ 3 billion, or 3% of GDP due to the Nord Stream-2.
Ukraine is adamantly opposed to the construction by calling it politically motivated and suggesting the EU to create a consortium with the involvement of European companies to manage the existing and more efficient transportation route through Ukraine. A number of EU countries have expressed their disagreement with the Nord Stream 2 project, in particular Poland and Lithuania.