At the summit Ukraine-EU which will take place on 9 July in Brussels, President Petro Poroshenko intends to raise the issue of Ukraine’s accession to the Energy Union. He stated, speaking before students of the Kyiv national University named after Taras Shevchenko.
“What we’re now preparing for this summit – Ukraine should join in an Energy Union, then we should not be afraid of the Nord stream-2 and we will have a single energy system with the rest of Europe,” said Poroshenko.
He believes that Nord stream-2 will in no way affect the economy of Ukraine, as not be completed..
“I believe that Nord stream-2 is not too impact on the Ukrainian economy, because it will not. I am convinced that the joint and United efforts we will be able to stop him,” – said Poroshenko.
He stressed that the Nord stream-2 – “absolutely politicized project”, which is directed against Ukraine and has no economic component.
At the same time, the President said that the US is “determined” concerning the suspension of construction of the Nord stream-2, and against U.S. sanctions, according to him, nobody will.
Kiev called the way to reduce the damage of the gas pipeline “Nord stream-2”
Ukraine needs to hold a coalition with Germany, said the permanent representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmitry Kuleba. He proposed to sign a tripartite agreement.Permanent representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmitry Kuleba called the way to reduce the damage from construction of the pipeline “Nord stream-2”. Ukraine should “hold the coalition with Germany” and to take into account its interests, said Kuleba in his interview to “RBC Ukraine”, published on Monday, may 28.
According to him, the construction of the pipeline is the reason for “merciless war”. Despite the need to defend their position, Ukraine is required to have a “plan B,” says Kuleba.
This option, according to the Ukrainian Ambassador, you can become a tripartite agreement between Germany, Ukraine and Russia. The Russian side has to confirm the supply of “specified volumes of gas” through the system “under any circumstances”.
Denmark is a key party to the dispute
A key player in the dispute over the pipeline Kuleba called Denmark. According to him, the country “is under strong pressure, because it has remained a bulwark against this project.” The construction of the pipeline threatens to change the whole “energy security in Eastern Europe” – said Kuleba.
On the eve of the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that every member of NATO has its own opinion on the pipeline. The Alliance “has no tools to influence in the context of such energy projects”, – said Stoltenberg after his meeting with the President of Poland Andrzej Duda.
“Nord stream-2” is the second pipeline that will connect Russia directly with Germany. This project is worth 9.5 billion euros, half financed by the Russian Gazprom and half by five European energy companies, including daughter BASF – Wintershall.
Sweden gave permission for the construction of “Nord stream-2”
As a coastal state, Sweden cannot impede the laying of pipelines in its exclusive economic zone, said the government.The Swedish government has allowed the construction of the pipeline “Nord stream-2” in its waters. Sweden as a coastal state has the right to stop anyone in the laying of pipelines in its exclusive economic zone, said in a statement published on the government website on Thursday, June 7.
In the document, however, stresses that Sweden is critical of the project “Northern stream-2”, because it may be contrary to the objectives of the European Union and EU legislation.
Permission for the construction of a new pipeline on which gas will be directly delivered from Russia to Germany, has given Germany and Finland. It remains to obtain the relevant permission only from Denmark and Russia.
Possible difficulties with Denmark
Obtaining a Danish resolution can be difficult, because part of the route lies in its territorial waters (12 mile zone) near the island of Bornholm. In the fall of 2017, the country’s Parliament passed a bill allowing the foreign Ministry to prohibit the construction of a new pipeline in the territorial waters on the basis of “foreign policy interests and national security”.
Against the construction of “Nord stream-2” especially very mind Ukraine, which fears to lose the transit fees for Russian gas, and several countries in Eastern Europe concerned about the danger of increasing the EU’s dependence on Russia in the fuel sector. The United States promised to make every effort until the introduction of sanctions to disrupt this project.