"10 EU countries stand firmly against the construction of the Nord Stream II. We expect that the European Commission hear the position of our European partners, and that the project will not be realized," the Ukrainian prime minister said at a meeting of the anti-crisis energy staff in Kyiv on Friday.
Yatseniuk stressed the construction was anti-Ukrainian and anti-European, aimed at depriving Ukraine of transit capabilities and some $2 bln in transit fees, as well as strengthening Russia's gas monopoly in the European market.
As previously reported, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania sent a letter to Brussels, disapproving the construction of the Nord Stream II.
Yatseniuk said that Ukraine was one of the main transit countries with the biggest gas storage and transportation capacities (more than 120 bln cubic meters a year). The prime minister also encouraged European and American companies to engage in the modernization and management of the Ukrainian gas transport system.