The U.S. will be supporting Ukraine in countering the construction of Nord Stream 2 and Turk Stream gas pipelines, as the U.S. Energy Minister Rick Perry said at the meeting with Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman in the Cabinet of Ministers, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.
“The U.S. clearly expresses its disagreement with the construction of Nord Stream 2 and Turk Steam gas pipelines, the reasons for what are clearly understood. The citizens of Ukraine and Europe should not become the hostages of the supplies of energy resources from one source. This message might be enhanced with the fact that we wanted to say – we are ready to be Ukraine's partner. The U.S. President sends this message,” Perry said.
According to him, the U.S. is ready to work in partnership with Ukraine in the energy sector.
“We would like to provide support within the reforming of your structure, your government. For instance, we would like to support Naftogaz’s efforts on gas distribution and production. Besides, we would like to endorse your efforts on liberalization of the electric power market and enhance the transparency of the work in this sector. The message we have just received, your new initiatives concerning disclosure of all geodetic, geological data about future locations of energy resources extraction, and your steps towards facilitation of the licensing, and adoption of the law on production sharing,” Perry stated.
In his turn, Groysman expressed great interest in such cooperation.
“We see a wide range of opportunities in enhancing cooperation in the energy sector between the U.S. and Ukraine. Everything related to the extraction of Ukrainian gas, cooperation in the management of gas transportation system, enhancement of the cooperation in atomic energy and many other sectors, in which we have lots of opportunities to be stronger together,” Groysman noted.
Ukraine, Poland and Baltic states stand against the construction of Nord Stream 2. They urge the EU authorities to block the project, stating that this is a “gas needle”, which increases the addiction of the Europeans upon energy supplies from Russia.
If new Russian export pipeline with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters is launched, Ukraine loses $2-3 billion of income from gas transit per year through its natural gas transmission system, which makes 3% of GDP.