Nord Stream II must be blocked, PM Yatseniuk says

Ukraine is appealing to its European partners with a request "to conduct a harsh inspection of Nord Stream II": "We consider this project should be stopped, as it is neither in the interests of the European Union nor in the interests of Ukraine."

This was announced by Ukraine's Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk in Brussels following the Ukraine-EU Association Council on Monday, Dec. 7, Censor.NET reports citing the Cabinet's press service and The Wall Street Journal.

"We believe that this project has to be stopped, banned because we do not think it is in the interest of Ukraine and [the] European union," Arsenii Yatseniuk said. The pipeline, he said, will give "more of a monopoly to Russian gas."

"Nord Stream II deprives Ukraine, Slovakia and Poland of billions of dollars of revenue, but also deprives the European Union of real competition on the energy market, and intensifies the monopoly of the Russian Gazprom", he stressed.

"We believe that our European partners would consider any energy project solely from the point of view of compliance with the Third Energy Package", the PM stressed. Yatseniuk emphasized that Naftohaz of Ukraine has the best transportation capabilities in Europe as of today.

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However, EU officials have repeatedly said they can't block a project that abides by the region's laws.

Responding to Yatseniuk, the EU's neighborhood commissioner Johannes Hahn reiterated that line, saying it was "important to keep competition" in the energy sector and insisted that if the project abides by EU rules, "we don't have a hook."

"But we will have a very sound and thorough assessment" of the project, he pledged.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n364047