Grushko called on to de-politicize the situation around the «North stream — 2»

© Photo : Nord Stream 2Трубы for the construction of the pipeline Nord stream — 2. Archive photoGrushko called on to de-politicize the situation around the «North stream — 2»© Photo : Nord Stream 2

On the basis of energy cooperation should lie with economic factors, it should be possible to depoliticize, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Alexander Grushko, commenting on the situation around the project «Nord stream-2».

U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo previously said that the U.S. is actively working with European States and businesses to convince them to abandon the «Nord stream-2».

«We always proceeded from the fact that the basis of the energy cooperation should lie with economic factors, it is necessary to ensure that the maximum depoliticize such cooperation, to exclude the impact of any geopolitical factors,» — said Grushko.

He added that today some countries are trying to politicize such cooperation or to «extract specific economic benefits, or so to strengthen its position in Western societies».

The project «Northern stream-2» involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. The new pipeline is planned to be build next to the existing «Northern stream». «Gazprom» repeatedly talked about the readiness to save the transit of gas through Ukraine after 2019, if Kiev will prove the economic viability of the contract. The possible volumes the head of «Gazprom» Alexei Miller, estimated at 10-15 billion cubic meters per year.

The United States demands from European countries to stop participating in the project «Northern stream-2» and threatens sanctions for those who do not go for it. In return Russian gas, the U.S. promoting its own with the construction of LNG regasification terminals in Europe.

The full text of the interview is available on the website ria.ru at 12.00 GMT.

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