The construction of the pipeline «Nord stream – 2» is purely economic. This was at a joint press conference with Federal Chancellor of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, said Russian President Vladimir Putin, quoted by the Kremlin website.
«We are supporters of this project who, without a doubt, totally depoliticized. This is a purely economic and, moreover, a purely commercial project, because the participants in this project believe their profits, economic gains from its implementation and come to the conclusion that such implementation is feasible,» – said the Russian President.
According to him, is «not alternative to the Ukrainian route.»
«If Ukraine will introduce economically reasonable parameters of use of its gas transportation system, we have nothing against the continuation of cooperation with Ukraine. The only question is the amount of pumping,» said Putin.
He noted that the pipelines are of the type «North stream and Nord stream – 2» and «Turkish stream» diversifitsirovat delivery, «improve the quality of the supplies and increase stability».
«We know that production in Europe is falling. Liquefied natural gas is not competitive on the European market, at least today, this is obvious. And in the next decade it will. Therefore, if our partners support this project, again, we’ll take care of this», – said the President of the Russian Federation.
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. It runs along the bottom of the Baltic sea. 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.
In March 2016, eight EU countries (Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Estonia and Lithuania) signed a letter to the European Commission to protest against the gas pipeline project. At the same time, its construction support Germany, France, Austria and the Netherlands, writes «Deutsche Welle».
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU has no unanimous agreement regarding the negotiations with Russia on the «Nord stream – 2».
To start the second phase of the pipeline «Nord stream» with a total length of 1,200 km is planned in 2018. The estimated cost of the project is €9.5 billion.
Putin said that «Nord stream – 2» is not an alternative to the Ukrainian route for gas 28.02.2018