Russia ready to keep gas transit to Europe through Ukraine after 2019

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev, this is possible under "certain conditions"
10:54, 5 March 2019

Russian Prime Minister Medvedev

Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev said Russia would keep gas transit to Europe through Ukraine after 2019 under certain conditions, as the press office of Russia’s Government reported.

“We don’t refuse from transit by the current pipelines. Neither Nord Stream 2, nor Turkish Stream provide such decisions concerning Ukraine or other countries,” Medvedev said.

According to him, gas transit through Ukraine’s gas transmission system might be preserved by “settling relationships among the interested companies, profitable economic and commercial aspects of the deal, and stable political situation”.

Related: EU approves text of amendments to Gas directive, which to influence Nord Stream 2

Earlier, Polish President Andrzej Duda urged the German government to give up on Nord Stream 2 construction. He insisted that the new pipeline would breach the current energy balance, posing danger to the energy safety of some countries in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Russian president Putin claimed that the Russian Federation was ready to save the gas transit through Ukraine after the launch of the Nord Stream 2.

Related: Nord Stream 2: EU agrees tighter rules for Russian pipeline

Gazprom and its partners intended to begin the realization of the Nord Stream 2 project, which costs ten billion dollars. It is expected that the 1,200-km gas pipeline will be laid through the Baltic Sea, and will connect Russia and Germany bypassing Ukraine, Poland, and Baltic countries. The capacity of the gas pipeline will be twice increased compared to that of the first Nord Stream. The construction is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019.

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 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.

Related: Turkish Stream is another Russian blow to Ukraine

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