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Friday, October 28, 2016

Kerry: Nord stream-2 will have a negative impact on Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry is convinced that the construction of the gas pipeline “Nord stream-2” from Russia to Germany will have a negative impact on the countries of Eastern Europe. According to Kerry, this issue “cannot be overlooked”.

The corresponding statement the head of the Department of state made in Washington in the framework of talks on energy security with the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini.

Kerry noted that the construction of two pipelines from Russia to Germany under the Baltic sea causes US deep concern.

According to him, the project “Northern stream-2″ led to a heated debate on both sides of the Atlantic.” “We are convinced that he definitely will have a negative impact on Ukraine, Slovakia and Eastern Europe,” said U.S. Secretary of state.

Kerry was pleased with the fact that Ukraine has managed to reduce its dependence on Russian gas. According to him, last winter, Kiev got more natural gas from Europe than from Russia.

Earlier, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that the Nord stream-2″ is a purely commercial project, and attempt to block its construction are political in nature. Difficulties in implementation of the project trying to create the United States, acting on their “friends in NATO,” the diplomat said.

In mid-March from eight EU member States opposed the extension of “Northern stream”. The heads of governments of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and Romania, as well as the Lithuanian President stated that the construction of the second pipeline carries geopolitical threat.

Nord stream-2″ will consist of two pipelines that will stretch from coast of Russia to Germany through the Baltic sea. Its capacity will be 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The pipeline is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.

The consortium for the implementation of the project, in addition to the Russian “Gazprom”, are the German companies E. ON and Wintershall, the Anglo-Dutch Shell, Austria’s OMV and French ENGIE.

Read the story: Brussels is ready to give Nord stream a new breath

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