President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko calls on European partners to defend their own energy security and not to go along with the Kremlin on the construction of North Stream 2 pipeline. This was stated in a message posted on the president’s Facebook page.
"North Stream 2 is a ‘Trojan horse’ of the Kremlin against European energy and, ultimately, geopolitical security ... I call on our European partners to cast off deceptive and disastrous spells of the Kremlin as fast as possible and firmly defend their own energy security," Poroshenko said.
According to the president, Gazprom’s refusal of to implement this project within the Third Energy Package of the EU and its deliberate failure to comply with decisions of the Stockholm Arbitration gas disputes with Ukraine is a clear signal on the real motives behind the North Stream 2 construction and its potential catastrophic consequences for the European Union.
As it was reported, American President Donald Trump claimed on July 16 that the United States will compete with Nord Stream 2, the Russian gas pipeline.
As is known, Gazprom and his partners are intended to begin the realization of the Nord Stream 2 project, which costs ten billion dollars in April 2018. It is expected that the 1200 km gas pipeline will be laid through the Baltic Sea, and will connect Russia and Germany passing Ukraine, Poland, and Baltic countries. The capacity of the gas pipeline will be twice increased than 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.