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Russia ready to save the transit of gas through Ukraine only in case if they adopted best for Moscow conditions. This was stated by RIA Novosti Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Alexander Pankin.
“There are a number of elements that the Ukrainians still can not go”, — he stressed.
According to Pankin, in Ukraine there is “uncertainty concerning its gas transportation system, its successor, of the consortium”. The Russian side is ready to continue the transit on the existing agreement with the adjustments, however, Kiev “rejects such an option,” he explained.
Deputy foreign Minister added that attempts to prevent the launch of “Nord stream-2” will not be forced to accept the unfavorable conditions of the Ukrainian transit. “If they put hurdles to this project, in order to force Russia and one of the reasons anti-Russian sanctions is “Nord stream-2″, to pump gas through Ukraine on their terms, with their rates, with the uncertainty in legal things, I guess, this will not work”, — he said.
During a tripartite meeting in January the European Commission proposed to the parties the following conditions: the signing of the contract for a period of 10 years and an attractive volume for investors who will be engaged in modernization of the gas transportation system of Ukraine. Pankin noted that the specific agreement was not reached, the next round of negotiations scheduled for may.
8 February it was reported that European countries came to a compromise on the project pipeline and the impending tightening of the EU Gas Directive will not block the “Nord stream-2”. On the same day it became known that the foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. Congress is preparing to consider another resolution on sanctions against the pipeline. Earlier, the US government stepped up pressure on Germany, the main supporter of the project in the EU.
“Nord stream-2” project of a gas pipeline that will link Russia and Germany under the Baltic sea. The total capacity of the project is estimated at 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The pipeline is scheduled for late 2019.
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