Ukrainian Expert Assessed Reports of Nord Stream 2 Deal
OREANDA-NEWS. The deal between the United States and Germany on the Nord Stream 2 project will be a framework one; agreements on large investments in Ukraine should not be expected. This opinion was expressed to RIA Novosti by the Ukrainian economic expert Alexander Okhrimenko.
On Tuesday, the media reported that agreements between the United States and Germany on the Nord Stream 2 project had been reached. The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, wrote that the United States and Germany could announce an agreement on Wednesday. US Republican Senator Ted Cruz believes that a possible agreement between Washington and Berlin on the project will be a disaster for the United States and a geopolitical victory for Russia.
"The deal will be purely framework - general phrases about the energy security of Ukraine, about the prevention of energy blackmail from Russia ... Ukraine, if it is mentioned there, then indirectly," said Okhrimenko. At the same time, according to the expert, the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany ultimately will not be able to influence the Russian Federation.
Okhrimenko believes that the deal will primarily concern the agreements between Germany and the United States on the supply of American liquefied gas.
The expert is also confident that there will be no serious agreements on large investments in Ukraine. "These are nothing more than framework conversations, not even agreements," he said.
Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, said it expects to finish laying the pipeline at the end of August.