Nord Stream 2 will destroy competition on European gas market, - Naftogaz

Source : 112 Ukraine

The North Stream 2 gas pipeline project violates European legislation and will result in irreversible consequences
10:54, 14 June 2018

The realization of the Nord Stream 2 will destroy the competition on European gas market. This was stated in a message of Naftogaz Ukraine on Facebook.

"The implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project violates European legislation and will lead to irreversible consequences and will gradually kill competition on the European gas market under the influence of Gazprom's gas blackmail," the ministry said.

Commercial director of NJSC Naftogaz Ukraine Yuriy Vitrenko believes that Germany had an inconsistent position regarding the application of European laws for the construction of profitable projects.

"We have heard from the Germans the arguments like: "Listen, Russians just want to sell gas to Europe and to you according to European rules. So, you depend on Russian gas and want a bargain price." Let's be frank, Germany pushed for us to sign an agreement in 2009. They did not want to climb in detail, they were satisfied that the Russians said that the contract was in line with European rules. Then it turned out that it had nothing to do with European rules, at least it was a Russian understanding of these rules. This was a real neo-colonial policy, but it suited Germany," he said.

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As it was reported earlier, the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has begun in Germany on May 3. Not all countries have given the permission for it; at the same time, Ukraine and Poland protest against the construction as it can strengthen Russia’s positions as the gas monopolist in Europe.

It was noted that the works on the re-excavation and laying of the foundation for the gas receiving stations and the maintenance building have already begun at the docking point of the future pipeline in Lubmin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern land, at the square of about six hectares.

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