Poroshenko called on businesses and politicians of Germany to reconsider its attitude to the “Nord stream – 2”

BERLIN, April 9. /TASS/. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has called on German politicians and entrepreneurs to reconsider the attitude to the construction project of the pipeline “Nord stream – 2”, because, in his opinion, the transit of Russian gas to Europe through the territory of his country much more profitable.

“German politicians and businesses need to think twice. “Nord stream – 2″ is a purely political project, which is financed by Russia”, – says Poroshenko published on Monday an interview with the German newspaper “Handelsblatt”. The Ukrainian President called “Nord stream – 2” is a “political bribe for loyalty to Russia” and expressed the opinion that the draft “has no economic justification.”

Poroshenko said that the gas transit through Ukraine “significantly cheaper” and gas transport system of his country “is easy and profitable to upgrade”. “Without a huge investment it is possible to significantly expand,” he believes.

“Nord stream – 2” project expansion of the existing gas pipeline “Nord stream”, linking Russia and Germany under the Baltic sea bypassing transit countries: Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries. The pipeline generally follows the route of the “Nord stream” will pass through the exclusive economic zone and territorial waters of five countries – Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Its length will be more than 1.2 thousand km and a throughput capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Enter “Nord stream – 2” is scheduled for the end of 2019.