“It would pose security risks in an already tense Baltic Sea region and it would advance Russia’s goal of undermining Ukraine – that’s a particular concern of ours – by ending Ukraine’s role as a transit country for Russian gas exports to get to Europe,” she noted.
Moreover, Ms. Nauert emphasized that Nord Stream 2 would concentrate about 75 percent of Russian gas imports to the EU through a single route, creating a potential checkpoint that would significantly increase Europe’s vulnerability to a supply disruption.
‘Gazprom’ and its partners are going to start the construction of the ‘Nord Stream-2’ project that costs almost 10 billion Euros in April 2018. It is supposed that the 1.200-kilometer gas pipeline will be forging through the Baltic Sea and connect Russia and Germany passing Ukraine, Poland, and Baltic countries. The capacity of the pipeline will be twice bigger than the first ‘Nord Stream’ and the construction should end before 2019.
A number of the EU countries, particularly Poland, Lithuania, and Danmark stand against the construction, just as Ukraine does. The head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, urged the EU countries to accelerate the work on the legislative blocking of Russian project Nord Stream-2.