KIEV, December 7. Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk appealed to the EU to block the project “Northern stream-2”. He said this during a joint briefing in Brussels with high representative of the Union for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini.
“We appeal to our European partners that the project “Northern stream-2″ has passed the most rigid inspection. And we believe that this project should be blocked because not in the interests of neither the EU nor Ukraine,” he said.
“It (the project) leaves Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia without billions of dollars of revenue, and also leaves the EU without competition in the gas market, making it dependent from “Gazprom” – says Yatsenyuk.
Earlier, the EU said that the proposal of Eastern European countries to block construction of the pipeline “Nord stream-2” will be discussed at the EU summit on 17 and 18 December in the Belgian capital. On 1 December the European Commission confirmed that it received the message from nine countries of Central and Eastern Europe, prepared on the initiative of Poland and Slovakia, urging them to block the construction of the pipeline “Nord stream-2” which, in their view, undermining EU energy security and increase its dependence on Gazprom.
Nord stream is an export gas pipeline with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year, is laid under the Baltic sea from Russia to Germany. The operator of Nord stream is a joint venture Nord Stream AG (Gazprom – 51%, Wintershall and E. ON – 15.5 per cent, ENGIE and Gasunie – 9 per cent). 4 September 2015, Gazprom, BASF, E. ON, ENGIE, Shell and OMV signed the shareholders agreement for the establishment of the gas pipeline system “Northern stream-2” capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Russia to Germany under the Baltic sea.