Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's Parliament, Dmytro Razumkov says Russia's Nord Stream 2 project poses a serious threat not only to Ukraine, but also to the European Union.
Read also Zelensky hopes for U.S. support in handling Nord Stream 2 He made the comment during a joint briefing with Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, as reported by an UNIAN correspondent on May 12.
"We consider Nord Stream 2 represents a rather serious threat not only for the EU and Ukraine, but also for the stabilization of the situation in the region, as we remember very well how the Russian Federation uses it," he said.
Unfortunately, this is a political rather an economic project for Russia, which it can use to put "pressure on European states as well," he stressed.
The parties discussed, among other things, security-related issues, including economic, environmental and energy security.
At the same time, the Ukrainian official added "here we are looking in the same direction and jointly understand all the challenges our states are facing."
Razumkov thanked the Lithuanian counterpart for supporting Ukraine and for the common position on various international platforms.
Nord Stream 2: Background
- The Nord Stream 2 project envisages the construction and operation of two gas pipeline branches with a total throughput capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. It should connect Russia's Ust-Lug and Germany's Greifswald. This new pipeline bypassing Ukraine is to be built next to the existing Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
- The construction of the pipeline was expected to be completed before the end of 2019.
- The pipeline will be 1,220 km long. The project is being implemented by Russia's Gazprom in alliance with European companies – ENGIE, OMV, Royal Dutch Shell, Uniper, and Wintershall. Ukraine stands against the construction of Nord Stream 2 as it will most likely lose its status of a gas transit country, while its potential revenue losses are estimated at US$3 billion annually. The project is also highly criticized by the U.S., Poland, and the Baltic States.
- The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has already been completed by more than 90%.
- The United States has imposed a series of sanctions against Nord Stream 2 and has repeatedly called on European allies and private companies to stop the related works.
- On January 7, 2021, a fund was established in Germany to support the completion of the Nord Stream 2 project.
- Eighteen companies have already refused to participate in the project or are planning to do so because of the sanctions.
- On February 6, 2021, Nord Stream 2 AG announced it would continue to lay the pipes under the project.
- On March 14, 2021, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans said that Europe did not need the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Despite this, Germany continues to insist on the completion of the project.
- On March 19, 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on the companies involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2 to immediately halt laying pipes, threatening new sanctions.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline a trap for all countries across Europe.
- On April 20, 2021, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Ukraine should remain a transit country for Russian gas to Europe, despite Germany's decision to complete the construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
Translation: Olena Kotova