"Ten member states
of the European Union supported Ukraine today and toughly criticized the
construction of Nord Stream. We
expect the European Commission to consider the position of our European
partners, and this project won’t be built," underlined Arseniy
Yatsenyuk at a meeting of the anti-crisis energy staff
on Friday, 27 November.
Minister stressed that today the ten member states of the European Union
"firmly objected to the construction of Nord Stream." Arseniy
Yatsenyuk reminded that for the first time he had raised
this issue at the joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Slovakia.
"We take a
very clear position: the construction of the second branch of Nord Stream is an
anti-Ukrainian and anti-European project," he pointed out.
The purpose of
this project, the Prime Minister stressed, is "to deprive Ukraine of
transit facilities as well as of about USD2 billion of transit fees":
"This project aims at strengthening the Russian gas monopoly in the
European energy market."
Minister emphasised Ukraine to be one of the key
transit states: "Our facilities allow to transit more than 120 billion
cubic meters of gas to the countries of the European Union. We possess
the largest gas storage facilities in Europe."
Ukraine, he recalled,
had approved a law that enables European and American companies to take part in
the modernization and management of the Ukrainian gas transportation system.
"We and the
European Union should not in words but in deeds, including the participation of
European companies in the Ukrainian gas transportation system, build a common
energy policy of Europe, in which Russia won’t have an exclusive influence that
it has had in the past few decades," Arseniy Yatsenyuk highlighted.