Ukrainian Foreign Minister Demanded to Exchange Nord Stream 2 for Crimea
OREANDA-NEWS. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba put forward a condition for Russia for the unhindered launch of Nord Stream 2.
Kuleba tweeted: "We are against this project. The condition for its launch should be the liberation of our territories and the energy security of Ukraine. This is fair compensation for the threats."
He noted that he raised this issue at the talks in Berlin.
Nord Stream 2 envisages the construction of two pipelines with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year. The gas pipeline runs from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is opposed by Ukraine, which fears losing revenues from the transit of Russian gas, as well as the United States, fearing competition and actively promoting its liquefied natural gas to the European Union.
The construction of the gas pipeline is already nearing completion: the first string of Nord Stream 2 is being prepared for launch, commissioning is already underway and, as the project operator promises, soon it will be possible to start gas through it. The second branch is planned to be completed in one and a half to two months.
Russia has repeatedly stressed that the gas pipeline to Germany is a purely commercial project that has nothing to do with politics, and that is how the world community should perceive it. Moscow recalled that the pipeline is beneficial to the European Union. Therefore, Berlin, in turn, is in favor of completing the construction of Nord Stream 2 and rejects unilateral extraterritorial US sanctions.