Ukraine: Nord Stream 2 pipeline ‘dangerous geopolitical weapon’

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News ID: 52882
Publish Date: 21:14 - 22 August 2021
Sunday, 22 August 2021 (YJC)_Ukrainian President fiercely opposes Russia’s $12bn pipeline under the Baltic Sea which deprives Kyiv of crucial gas transit fees.

Ukraine: Nord Stream 2 pipeline ‘dangerous geopolitical weapon’Kyiv sees the soon-to-be-completed Nord Stream 2 pipeline carrying Russian gas to Europe and bypassing Ukraine as “a dangerous geopolitical weapon”, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

The Ukrainian leader was speaking on Sunday at a joint news conference in Kyiv with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has spearheaded the pipeline project fiercely opposed by Russian neighbours Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states.

The $12bn pipeline beneath the Baltic Sea is set to double Russian natural gas shipments to Germany, Europe’s largest economy. It avoids Ukraine, depriving Kyiv of essential gas transit fees.

“We view this project exclusively through the prism of security and consider it a dangerous geopolitical weapon of the Kremlin,” Zelenskyy said.

He added that the main risks after its completion will be “borne by Ukraine” but that the pipeline will also be dangerous “for all of Europe”.

The pipeline “will only play into the hands of the Russian Federation”, he said.

For her part, Merkel said Berlin agrees with Washington that “gas must not be used as a geopolitical weapon”.

“It will come down to if there is an extension to the transit contract via Ukraine – the sooner the better,” she said, referring to the expiry of Moscow’s agreement with Kyiv in 2024.

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