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If Russia will complete the construction of the pipeline “Nord stream-2”, the transit of gas through Ukraine after 2025 will stop. In an interview, owned by Grigory Berezkin RBC said the head of the operator of the Ukrainian GTS Sergey Makogon.
“I see no reason for Gazprom to renew gas transit through Ukraine after 2025”, — he admitted. While Makogon noted that the tariffs for pumping are “absolutely competitive,” therefore, the termination of cooperation is only associated with the policy.
The head of the Ukrainian GTS has promised to make every effort to finally break the gas pipeline project from Russia to Germany, which is currently stopped because of U.S. sanctions. According to Makogon, in the struggle Ukraine is counting on help from the EU, because “Nord stream-2” is inconsistent with the European principles of solidarity.
Russia has been trying to finish the construction “Nord stream-2” in 2019, following the expiry of the term of the contract on transit through Ukraine to avoid signing a new agreement.
Because of the position of Denmark, which had long not been given permission to work in its waters, to meet deadlines failed. As a result, Moscow and Kiev signed a five-year contract, under which Gazprom undertook to pump through the Ukrainian route 65 billion cubic meters in 2020 and 45 billion in the next four years. Before that, Russia has paid almost $ 3 billion to Ukraine by a decision of the Stockholm arbitration court.
Gazprom plans to finish the pipeline in late 2020 or early 2021. The main problem was the U.S. threat to impose sanctions against any company which will facilitate the construction. Swiss contractor Allseas immediately stopped work. Owned by “Gazprom” the pipe layer “Akademik Chersky” is currently in the North sea, but will he do works remains unknown.
On the eve of Poland announced that can begin to arrest the assets of the operator of building of gas pipeline Nord Stream AG 2 AG. Such a decision would be taken if Russia refuses to return the debt at $ 1.5 billion, arose after the decision of the Stockholm arbitration.
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