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Ukraine creates EU-based lobbyist group to stop Nord Stream-2
19 June 2018 , 14:08Neftegaz.RU651
Kiev, June 19 - Neftegaz.RU. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that he has ordered the creation of a group lobbyists based in Brussels who will help build support that would put a stop to the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, NewEurope reported.
«We are now creating a group in the EU to stop the construction of North Stream-2. That is why we are actively negotiating with Germany. We are inviting them to create an international consortium to help manage Ukraine’s state gas transportation system,» Poroshenko wrote.
According to Poroshenko, the construction of Nord Stream-2 will deprive Ukraine of up to $3 billion for the state budget, an amount that equals the country’s entire annual defence expenditures. Poroshenko did not provide any further details about the identities or of the lobbyists or what sort of policy tools they’ll be equipped with but emphasised that the US is also determined to stop the project in order to ensure that the existing sanctions regime remains in place.
Nord Stream-2 is designed to bring Russian gas to Europe by using a newly-built pipeline that runs under the Baltic Sea. The project passes through the territorial waters or exclusive economic zones of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany.
In March, Germany granted permits to Gazprom – the Russian energy giant with a majority share in Nord Stream-2 – to finish with the pipeline’s construction. The move followed similar approvals by the governments of Finland and Sweden.
Ukraine, Poland, and some other countries in Eastern Europe have strongly opposed the Nord Stream-2 project as they have warned that it will increase the EU’s dependence on Russian energy and undermine the bloc’s strategic interests.
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