Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko believes that the construction of the Nord Stream-2 poses a serious danger for Ukraine. He stated this in the interview for Funke media group, which will be published on Saturday on March 31, as Deutsche Welle reports.
“On one hand, Kyiv will lose $2 billion of customs in a year, which Kyiv levied for Russian gas transit to Europe. On the other hand, Russian Gazprom is likely to reduce the amount of gas supply for Ukraine and therefore it will weaken the state. The Nord Stream-2 is a tool of political pressure for Russia,” Poroshenko stressed.
He also believes that the supporters of the Nord Stream-2 construction are Russian accomplices in its Hybrid war.
Poroshenko believes, that the Skripal’s case will influence the laying of the pipe, which is to connect Russia with Germany.
The Nord Stream-2 AG secured approval for the construction and maintenance of the pipeline in Germany's Exclusive economic zone.
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 as twice as larger than that of the Nord Stream-1. The construction is to be complete by late 2019.
The Nord Stream-2 is the project on building a second transit gas pipeline from Russia to Germany in the Baltic Sea. Barack Obama’s administration was against the project. The construction works are to begin in 2018. The project foresees further broadening and modernization of the Nord Stream pipeline. By promoting the Nord Stream-2, Russia aims to refuse from the transit of its gas supplies through the Ukrainian territory.
The construction of gas pipeline the 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.
Earlier, more than ten world-known companies stated that they would like to participate in managing of Ukraine’s gas pipeline system.