Poroshenko urged to increase gas transit through Ukraine
MOSCOW, 9 APR — RIA Novosti. President Petro Poroshenko has proposed to increase the transit of gas through Ukraine is Nord Stream 2.
Earlier, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine called on the parliaments and governments of other States to take measures for the complete prohibition of the construction of the pipeline “Nord stream — 2”, the corresponding statement at the meeting of Parliament on Thursday supported 266 parliamentarians when the required minimum of 226 votes. The German government has repeatedly stated that the Nord Stream 2 economic project.
In an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, Poroshenko said that “German politicians and companies need to carefully consider” the implementation of the project, since it, according to the Ukrainian leader, allegedly “does not have an economically sound base.”
“Is the Ukrainian transit pipeline, which is much cheaper. It is easy and profitable to upgrade… Without a huge investment, it is possible to significantly modify the transit line through Ukraine”, — says Poroshenko. According to him, Ukraine is willing to join European partners in such a project.
The project “Northern stream — 2” involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany, next to the existing “Northern stream”. Earlier in March, the heads of the parliaments of Lithuania, Latvia and Poland was signed in Vilnius a joint statement against the construction, noting that it is a geopolitical project based on the political decision to abandon gas transit through Ukraine. According to media reports, the letter was signed by Ukraine and Moldova.
At the end of March, Germany has allowed the construction of “Nord stream-2”. The operator of the Nord Stream pipeline 2 AG expects to obtain permits for the construction of the pipeline in the other four countries — Russia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark in the coming months.