Russian media say that in Ukraine, the authorities are afraid of the new “Northern Streams” of Russia. Specifically, the press in Kiev wrote: “We must consider this more seriously, it is possible that this project will be followed by new projects”.
The Ukrainian authorities still hope that the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will be halted, but at the same time they are afraid of new flows.
This conclusion was made after an interview with the Ukrainian newspaper called Telegraph with Deputy Chief of the Office of the President of Ukraine – Mr.
According to this official, the information that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is almost completed is considered an exaggeration. Mr. Igor Zhovkva assured that the construction of Nord Stream 2 could be stopped at any time.
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It should be noted, however, that it is the United States itself that states in writing that the gas pipeline is nearly ready (completed 98%) and that there will be no sanctions to stop it.
In addition, at the beginning of June, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the first of two lines of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline had been completed. Accordingly, Gazprom Group expects the entire project to be ready for exploitation by the end of August – the beginning of September.
“We must consider this more seriously, it is very likely that new projects will follow the above project,” Deputy Chief of the Office of the President of Ukraine expressed particular concern about the above scenario and emphasized in an interview. question.
It is estimated that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will allow gas to be supplied to Europe, bypassing Ukraine and other transit countries.
This puts Kiev under threat of losing revenue from transit operations of up to $3 billion a year, with some reports even putting the figure as high as $5 billion.
But to reassure partners, Germany – the country that plays a decisive role with Nord Stream 2 said that it still requires Russia to transit part of its gas through infrastructure on Ukrainian territory, just so that Kiev does not lose all. source, as well as a guaranteed move if Nord Stream 2 has problems.