The German foreign Minister commented on the calls to abandon the «Nord stream — 2»

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotobanka Minister of Germany Heiko Maas. Archival photoThe German foreign Minister commented on the calls to abandon the «Nord stream — 2»© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas said that the project «Northern stream — 2» — commercial, and no country will win in that case, if German or other European companies will refuse to participate in it.

«This is a commercial project. Nobody would be better if German and European companies will refuse (from the project — ed.),» said Maas in an interview with the newspaper Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

The foreign Minister of Germany stressed that the preservation of Russian gas transit through Ukraine is also needed. «We have made it clear: «Nord stream — 2″ can be realized only if the gas transit through Ukraine will be provided after 2019. Consent we have obtained from Russia,» he continued. «In the European interest that Ukraine continue to play the role of a transit country for (supply — ed.) of Russian gas», — said the Minister.

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». Construction completion is scheduled for late 2019.

Against the project actively support Ukraine, which fears to lose the income from the transit of Russian gas, and a number of European countries, including Poland, Latvia and Lithuania and also the USA, the EU promotes its liquefied natural gas. They called the project the political and threatening Europe’s energy security.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly said that Berlin considers the project «Northern stream — 2» commercial, however, it linked its implementation with the preservation of Russian gas transit through Ukraine. The Russian side has also repeatedly stated that the project «Northern stream — 2» is a completely commercial, competitive, and pointed out that it does not involve the termination of Russian gas transit through Ukraine to the EU.

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