Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Prime Minister of
Slovakia Robert Fico agreed that they are against the construction of Nord
Stream-2 gas pipeline. They announced following the negotiations in Bratislava
on Thursday, September 10.
The negotiations of Heads of Governments lasted 2
and half hours.
Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico emphasized: “Gazprom
has inked with members of certain European countries deals regarding erection of
a new Nord Stream pipeline. I’d like to use normal utterances, but I’d better
be evocative: they are just making idiots of us”.
Robert Fico urged it was happening when “for months, there had been talks at the European
Council about the need to help Ukraine stay a gas transit country, to help it
through difficult winter months”.
“We are talking about the gas transit in huge volumes via the
territories of Ukraine and Slovakia. In case the transit halts Ukraine could lose billions, Slovakia
hundreds of millions euros”, he accentuated.
“I want to reject the argument that
the deal between Gazprom and gas companies in Western
Europe is just a matter of business. I reject it because we are very much
talking about geopolitical relations and communications. I am convinced that
Western gas companies that operate in the territory of the EU member countries,
they have betrayed the other European states, including Slovakia", said
Slovak Prime Minister.
Robert Fico announced he would raise this issue at the European Council.
Yatsenyuk stressed that when the first Nord Stream gas pipeline had been built,
"Ukraine was deprived of US $ 1.5 billion of revenue from gas
addition, he stressed, "it has not entailed
additional energy independence for the European Union": "What's the
difference where to get gas, if you have the same supplier?"
“Nord Stream-2 project is anti-European and
anti-Ukrainian,” the Prime Minister of Ukraine stressed.
accentuated that the construction of Nord Stream-2 would result for the
European Union into "the loss of the possibility to conduct direct gas
deliveries through Ukraine along the shortest path": "The amount of
such losses makes up 140 billion cubic meters of gas that can be pumped through
the Ukrainian gas transport system".
Stream-2 project jeopardizes the safety and continuity of gas supplies to the Southern and Eastern Europe. This means the
monopolization of ways to supply natural gas to the European Union, and
therefore, the price
hikes for ultimate gas
consumers in the EU. It
would also lead to
losses for our Slovak friends and partners worth approximately 800 million
dollars in revenues," urged the Head of the Ukrainian Government.
to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, for Ukraine the construction of Nord Stream-2 entails
"exclusion from the transit supplies to the European Union”: “It would
result into the loss of 2 billion dollars in revenues that we receive for
transit flows and safe gas supplies to the European Union".
isn't fair either with respect to our European partners or to Ukraine," he
Yatsenyuk reminded that the Government of Ukraine had decided to establish a
joint venture to operate the Ukrainian gas transport system: "Up to 49%
shares of the joint venture for the management and modernization of the
Ukrainian GTS can be owned by operator companies of the EU countries and the United
States of America".
again we appeal to our European partners. You have to become partners
demonstrating real actions. Let's jointly operate the Ukrainian gas transport
system. This will enable gas transit to the European Union. It will not allow
Russia's Gazprom to have a monopoly on the European
market. And it will give a chance to really modernize the Ukrainian gas
transport system," said the Ukrainian Prime Minister.
believe that the European Commission won’t just pay attention to it, but the
right decision will be adopted, the decision based on European values, instead
of price", said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.