Lokke Rasmussen, the Prime Minister of Denmark has offered to assess the risks of the Nord Stream 2 for Ukraine at the joint press conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman as Governmental Portal reported.
“Lokke Rasmussen offered to bring the discussion of the project at the European level to seriously and prudently analyze all risks and Ukraine’s role as the transit State of the gas,” the message said.
Also, Groysman called the Nord Stream 2 new type of “the hybrid weapon” that will make all countries-consumers dependent.
Earlier Russia blames Denmark for what it calls the deliberate dragging of time when it comes to issuing permissions construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
According to the outlet, the Danish government is afraid of spoiling the relations with the U.S., which now pays efforts to remove the Russian gas from the European market.
As we reported the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has begun in Germany on May 3. Not all countries have given the permission for it; at the same time, Ukraine and Poland protest against the construction as it can strengthen Russia’s positions as the gas monopolist in Europe.
On May 18, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin met in Sochi. There Putin claimed that the transit of the Russian gas through Ukraine will be continued after the establishment of the Nord Stream 2 if it is economically reasonable.
Russia’s leading energy enterprise Gazprom and its partners intend to start implementing the Nord Stream-2 project worth almost 10 billion euros in April 2018. The 1,200-kilometers-long pipeline is to be laid through the Baltic Sea, linking Russia and Germany – bypassing Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic States. The capacity will be twice larger than that of Nord Stream-1. The construction is to be complete by late 2019.