Nord Stream-2 could only proceed if gas flows through Ukraine continue – German Vice Chancellor Gabriel

A new pipeline Nord Stream-2 to double Russian gas flows to Germany will only go ahead if Russia does not cut off Ukraine and guarantees eastern European gas flows.

German Vice Chancellor and Minister of Economics Sigmar Gabriel told on Friday, Censor..NET reports citing DW.

According to him, Nord Stream-2 could only proceed if gas flows through Ukraine continued after its transit contract with Russia expires in 2019. Besides, shipments to Eastern Europe via the Yamal pipeline from Russia to Poland, Belarus and Germany should also be guaranteed, he said.

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Russian Gazprom and a group of European companies agreed to build Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline in 2015. This project is considered objectionable mainly in the countries of Central and Southern Europe, which are concerned about possible increase of energy dependence on Russia.

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