Nord stream does not close the gas transit via Ukraine, Putin said

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal in fotomontaggi the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin in GermanyNord stream does not close the gas transit via Ukraine, Putin said© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal the image Bank

The main gas pipeline «Nord stream — 2» is a purely economic project and does not provide for the closure of transit through Ukraine. This was stated by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin before the talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government residence in Meseberg near Berlin.

According to the head of the state, the implementation of the project, on which work is being conducted jointly with German partners, will not only meet the increased demand for gas in the EU, but also to improve the European gas transmission system, diversify supply routes and to minimize transit risks.

Russia has made and is making an important contribution to the energy security of European countries and always been a reliable energy supplier, Putin added.

The Russian President noted that the gas transit through Ukraine needs to meet the economic requirements and be «economic in every sense of the word.»

The Position Of Berlin

Angela Merkel, in turn, before speaking with Putin, stressed the importance of maintaining a status of a transit country for gas for Ukraine.

«I believe that even after starting the «Nord stream — 2″ Ukraine has to play its role in gas transit to Europe. And I am very pleased that we were able to start negotiations on this subject,» she said.

«Nord stream — 2»

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 pipeline will be laid next to the existing «Northern stream».

It will pass through the territorial sea or the exclusive economic zone of countries located off the coast of the Baltic sea — Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Building permits to the company-operator «Nord stream — 2» 2 Nord Stream AG has issued all of these countries except Denmark. Nord stream does not close the gas transit via Ukraine, Putin said«Nord stream – 2»