The Ukrainian government is concerned about the implementation of the project of the pipeline “Nord stream-2,” which Russia plans to transport gas under the Baltic sea bypassing the territory of Ukraine. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman at the meeting with the Vice-President of the European Commission maroš Šefčovič.
“The government is concerned about the “Nord stream-2″. We believe that this issue requires a more thorough examination of the EU and our international partners. But I am deeply convinced that we in this issue also must be ready,” – said Groisman.
We will remind, the project of Nord Stream – 2 cost nearly 10 billion euros, “Gazprom” and its partners intend to start in April 2018. It is anticipated that construction will be completed by the end of 2019.
Ukraine opposes this construction, calling it politically motivated. Instead, Kyiv has proposed that the EU create a consortium with the involvement of European companies for more efficient management of the existing transportation route through Ukraine. His disagreement with the Nord Stream project – 2 also stated a number of EU countries, particularly Poland and Lithuania.
In addition, on 2 August the President of the United States Donald trump signed a law on new anti-Russian sanctions. The sanctions include fines for the European companies, in particular, will cooperate with the Russian “Gazprom” in the implementation of the gas pipeline “Nord stream – 2”. In response, the President of the EC Jean-Claude Juncker said that Brussels is ready to respond immediately if sanctions will harm the economic interests of the EU.