Vice-President Joe Biden during a meeting held on Thursday, 25 August 2016, his visit to Stockholm has criticized the agreement of several European countries on creation of the gas pipeline «Nord stream-2″, UNIAN reports.
«No country should not use energy as a weapon.
Nord stream-2″ is a bad deal for Europe», — he said at a press conference.
According to Biden, » Europe must diversify its energy market.
In addition, in his opinion, the project «could destabilize Ukraine.»
Earlier against the construction of the pipeline, which will increase opportunities to export gas to Europe bypassing Ukraine was made by the U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry. In may 2016, the Secretary of state expressed «absolute confidence» that the project «Northern stream-2 will have a negative impact on Ukraine, Slovakia and Eastern Europe.
In early August of 2016, the special envoy of the US state Department on international energy issues Amos Hochstein said that the commissioning of the second stage of Nord stream-2 will deprive Ukraine of $ 2 billion of income from charging for the transit of Russian gas to Europe, which will allow the Ukrainian economy to collapse».
A similar position was voiced by the Deputy assistant Secretary for energy diplomacy Robin Dunnigan.
2 billion dollars a year repeatedly estimated the losses of Ukraine from the launch of Nord stream-2″ and Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who earlier held the post of Prime Minister. «This project should be blocked, because it is in the interest of neither the European Union nor Ukraine,» said Ukrainian Prime Minister in December 2015.
About the dangers of «Nord stream», stated the President of Poland Andrzej Duda, who said that the pipeline not only has the energy security of Poland and Ukraine, but also poses a threat to European unity.
In July 2016 the anti-monopoly regulator UOKiK, the Polish authorities refused to permit the construction of «Nord stream-2, explaining its decision by the fact that the planned deal could lead to a «substantial restriction of competition». Then «Gazprom» and its five European partners (Shell, OMV, ENGIE, Uniper and Wintershall) withdrew the application for the establishment of the joint venture Nord stream-2″.
Biden called Nord stream-2″ «a bad deal for Europe» 26.08.2016