“Russia with their Nord Stream - 2" is arm-twisting Ukraine "- the president
With the help of Nord Stream - 2 (a gas pipeline project from Russia to Germany), Russia is twisting Ukraine`s arms, because the gas pipeline project involves the construction of its branches bypassing Ukraine, which endangers the country's transit status, as said by President Zelensky during a press marathon on 10 October.
“We are thankful to Europeans, and they do really support us, but I need a strategic partner. And, so far , against North Stream-2, and it was said during my the conversation with Trump, it’s only the United States who have imposed sanctions. And I’m thanking them. For us, this is energy security. Because with the North Stream 2, one is trying to twist our arms.
“And it’s Russia excercising that arm-twisting," said the head of Ukraine, while answering questions from journalists. The latters also questioned Vladimir Zelensky why the transcript of the conversation with the U.S. President Donald Trump indicated that the Ukrainian President spole out about greater support from the United States, rather than from the EU. To that remark, Zelensky stressed out again that the project of the sanctions against Nord Stream-2 had been solely approved by the United States.
As reported earlier, in December, 2018, construction of Nord Stream 2 began in Finland. As of June 19, 2019, Gazprom's contractors had the 1450 kilometers of the pipeline already laid (59% of the pipeline).
According to the head of Naftogaz Andriy Kobolev, due to the delay in the procedure for issuing a permit for the construction of the Nord Stream-2 in the waters of Denmark, the project will not be timely commissioned, and will not be put into operation on starting January 1, 2020.
ExPro Reference: The Nord Stream- 2 is a project of a 1200 km gas pipeline from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea. The Nord Stream-2 is an epansion of Nord Stream’s capacity. The designed natural gas transmission rate of the North Stream-2 as the1.2 thousand km second branch of the Baltic subsea pipeline is 55 billion m 3 per year. The cost of the project is estimated at € 9.5 billion.