6 Nov 2015
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk is concerned about the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, the Ukrainian government secretariat's information and public relations department has said.
"If Russia and certain Western companies build Nord Stream 2, Ukraine will lose $2 billion in revenue, Slovakia – $0.8 billion and Poland – $0.4 billion. And it will leave the European Union without real energy independence," Yatseniuk said after a meeting with Baltic prime ministers during his working visit to Riga on Thursday.
The Ukrainian prime minister asked the European Commission and the Baltic prime ministers "to take the matter seriously."
The project must meet every criteria of the Third Energy Package, Yatseniuk said, adding, "we are confident that this project has nothing to do with economic issues, only with political ones."
Nord Stream 2 envisages the construction of two undersea lines with a total capacity to transport 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea bottom. Shareholders of the company's project signed an agreement in early September. The consortium has six members, namely Gazprom, E.ON, BASF/Wintershall, OMV, Engie and Shell.