“We have never raised a question concerning the refusal of Ukraine’s transit. But Russia’s recourse potential is shifting to the north, and we will not have resources in the previous amounts in the central gas transportation corridor. Therefore, a certain transit may be preserved, 10-15 billion cubic meters per year, but the Ukrainian side has to justify the economic efficiency of the new transit contract,” Miller said.
Earlier, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko offered Germany an option to the Nord Stream 2, stating that the project is economically unjustified. He offered gas transit through Ukraine.
Poroshenko called Russia “an extremely unreliable partner” and expressed an opinion that the project implementation will lead to economic and energy blockade of Ukraine, which inflict “enormous damage” on the state. Moreover, Ukraine’s President believes that the gas pipeline does not have an “economically efficient base”. The gas transit through Ukraine, as Poroshenko said, will cost cheaper and “can be easily and profitably modernized”.
Later, Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, stated that the German side has taken into consideration Ukraine’s position concerning the construction of the Nord Stream 2 and thinks that the gas transit through Ukraine should be preserved.
On April 11 Vedomosti, Russian news agency, reported that Russia’s Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukraine, National Joint Stock Company, started discussing the conditions of the new contract on the gas transit to Europe through Ukraine. It was noted that it was about the new contract, which expires in 2020, and not about the one which is in effect until 2019. Meanwhile, the parties did not define which conditions of the contract they were discussing, as the negotiations are at a very early stage.
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.