The Nord Stream 2 project gave Germany the chance to considerably strengthen its positions in the European Union
Germany has an opportunity to significantly strengthen its position by implementing the Nord Stream 2, to strengthen it within Europe.
According to Ukraine’s permanent representative to the Council of Europe, Dmytro Kuleba, Germany has the chance to considerably strengthen its positions within the European Union through the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project.
The Nord Stream 2 project envisages the construction of two gas pipeline lines with a complete capability of fifty five billion boxlike meters of gas annually, The lines square measure to be arranged down from the Russian coast to European nation on the sea bottom. The new pipeline is planned to be built next to the already existing Nord Stream 1. The construction of the gas pipeline should begin in 2018 and be completed by the top of 2019. The line is one, 220 kilometers long.
“Germany has an opportunity to significantly strengthen its position by implementing the Nord Stream 2, to strengthen it within Europe. And although Angela Merkel is personally a big supporter of the idea of a united Europe and Germany is the locomotive of the European Union, national interests are also important in issues like that. It’s obvious that in this fight, the Germans weigh prospects and political math of the U.S. project and Russian proposals. For some reason, of which we’re perhaps not fully aware, then, they believe the Russian proposal is more tempting… Now it is not even about these calculations at all. Now it’s about making sure that Eastern Europe has clear guarantees of the prospects of how its political interests will be protected in the case Nord Stream 2 is implemented. This should be economic guarantees in the form of contracts,” Kuleba told TV Channel 5.
Ukraine has also raised the issue of Nord Stream-2 at all levels. “In particular, next week, the EU General Assembly will meet in Strasbourg, where the question of Nord Stream 2 will be voiced as well. Ukraine is organizing a special event,” said Kuleba. However, Andriy Kobolyev an earlier estimate by Naftogaz CEO, fiercely opposing the construction of Nord Stream 2 and argue that Nord Stream 2 does not contribute to diversification of gas supplies to the European Union and does not provide it with access to new energy sources.