Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko called French deputies for counterworking the construction of the Nord Stream – 2. He said it at the meeting with the delegation of French parliamentarians headed by Valeria Fort-Munteanu, the Chairman of the France-Ukraine friendship group in the French National Assembly, as the press office of Ukraine’s President reported.
“The President called the parliamentarians for taking up an active position to prevent any contacts with the occupational authorities in Crimea. He also stressed the importance of the mutual definite counterwork of the construction of the Nord Stream – 2,” the message says.
It was noted that the parties have discussed the question of the activation of the economic cooperation and the reform implementation in Ukraine. Besides, they have negotiated the points of the Ukraine-France cooperation within the EU and NATO.
Poroshenko has also emphasized the visit of the French National Assembly delegation to Donbas and thanked them for the support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
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.
The construction of gas pipeline 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.