Supporters of the project «Northern stream – 2» are «accomplices in Russia’s hybrid war», said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in interview to German Funke media group, which will be published on March 31, reports «Deutsche Welle».
Poroshenko stressed that the construction of «Nord stream – 2» represents a serious danger for Ukraine: on the one hand, Kyiv will annually lose $2 billion in fees for the transit of Russian gas to EU countries, on the other hand, the Russian «Gazprom», most likely, will reduce gas supplies to Ukraine.
Poroshenko stressed that Russia «Nord stream – 2» is a tool of political pressure, in his opinion, the case of the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the UK will entail consequences for the pipeline, which would connect Germany and Russia.
The project «Northern stream – 2», headed by former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion m3 of gas per year from Russia to Germany under the Baltic sea. The existing gas pipeline «Nord stream» consists of two strings with a length of 1224 km with a capacity of 27.5 billion m3 each. Gazprom began deliveries on this gas pipeline in 2012.
In December 2015, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk said that the project of the second turn of the pipeline «Nord stream» does not correspond to the energy regulations of the EU (Third energy package) and undermining Ukraine’s role as gas transit country.
The authorities of Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Moldova, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Estonia and the Czech Republic called «Nord stream – 2» threat to Europe’s energy security. The German government sees the pipeline «solely as a business project». The German authorities have provided Russia all permits for the construction of a pipeline across the country.
The representative of the U.S. Department of State Heather Nauert said that the United States may impose sanctions against companies that collaborate with the project «Northern stream – 2».
Deputy head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Poland Konrad Szymanski said that Poland intends to discuss with Germany’s refusal from construction of the pipeline «Nord stream – 2» in connection with the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, British Salisbury.
Poroshenko called supporters of the «Nord stream – 2» accomplices of Moscow in a hybrid war 31.03.2018