Putin: “Northern stream – 2” does not imply stop transit through Ukraine

SOCHI, may 18. /TASS/. Russia considers the “Nord stream – 2” purely economic project, its implementation does not involve the termination of Russian gas transit through Ukraine. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“We have always treated this project (“Nord stream – 2″) as a purely economic, as a project, which always initially studied economic subjects, and always taken out is beyond any political processes,” Putin said.

According to him, after starting the “Nord stream – 2” “it is not thought the suspension of Russian gas transit through Ukraine”. The Russian President added that this topic was discussed at his meeting today with Merkel, “she wondered”.

“Supplies will be continued if they are economically justified and appropriate for participants of economic activities”, – said the President of the Russian Federation. In General, according to Putin, energy is one of priority directions of partnership of Russia and Germany.

“We talked across the spectrum of our joint work in this sphere”, – said the President of the Russian Federation.

Russia is ready to negotiate with Ukraine

Economically reasonable option to save the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine after entering the “Nord stream – 2” can be found as a result of negotiations with Kiev, Moscow is ready for them, said Putin.

The Russian leader noted that the US position on the “Nord stream – 2” long known and in this case represents “a rare continuity in the activities of the current administration” in relation to the position of the Obama administration. “Nothing new here, we do not see dictated it [the position] two considerations, we are told,” – said Putin.

One of these is “support Ukraine”, which is “to develop relations with Russia does not really want, but the money our transit gets fun – it is about $2-3 billion a year.” “Want us to Ukraine a little bit fueled our money” – he said.

“But we actually don’t mind. We are ready to save this transit if feasible. She can be reached during the negotiations, and we are ready for talks with the Ukrainian side”, – said Putin.

Putin added that “Nord stream – 2” “can be used not only for deliveries in Germany”, but also for export to other European countries – including, “referring to falling production in the UK and Norway”. “The needs of the European countries this raw materials are rising and domestic production falling, that’s what this is all about,” concluded the Russian leader.

The interests of American business

Putin also noted that the American leader Donald trump in the discussion of the project “Northern stream-2” promotes the interests of American business for the sale of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe.

“Donald [trump] – he’s not just the President of the United States today, he is also strong, a good businessman, – said the President. – So I think he still promotes the interests of its business to ensure sales on the European market for American liquefied natural gas.” Putin believes that such trade is possible, but gas prices are too high. “This is about 25-30% more expensive than Russian pipeline gas, Europe,” he explained. According to Putin, Europe has built LNG receiving terminals in the U.S. but they are used only by 25-30%. “Economically impractical, very expensive – that’s the whole point,” the President added.

Putin noted that he understands the attempt to trump successful in the European market its product. According to the head of state, the project “Northern stream – 2” is open for participation by other partners. “We think it [this project is] profitable for us, we will fight for it”, – the President promised.

“North stream – 2”

“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 Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Its length will exceed 1.2 thousand km and a throughput capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year.