After the launch of Nord Stream 2, Ukraine must begin to develop its own resources, said the head of the executive committee of the National Council of Reforms, former President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili on the air of the Ukraine 24 TV channel.
It is his belief that it is unlikely that the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine will continue after the gas pipeline is put into operation.
“The fact that the geopolitical importance of Ukraine will decrease after the start of Nord Stream 2 is unambiguous. But this must be compensated for by the fact that Ukraine must develop its resources, including green hydrogen,” Saakashvili said.
At the same time, he accused Russia of allegedly wanting to “block off” the Black Sea for Ukraine, since it is in the south of the country that the main deposits of “green” hydrogen are concentrated. “And Russia is looking at these things,” says Saakashvili.
Nord Stream 2 is an almost completed gas pipeline from Russia to Germany with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year.
The project is actively opposed by the United States, which expects to promote its LNG in the EU, as well as Ukraine and Poland, who call the project political.
Washington has imposed sanctions four times in an attempt to thwart construction, but it has reached its final stages.
Ultimately, however, these sanctions and failed and the US gave up. Subsequently,
Washington and Berlin reached an agreement: in particular, Washington acknowledged that sanctions would not stop the project, and Berlin pledged to seek to maintain the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine.
Moscow has repeatedly called for an end of politicization of the the situation, reminding that the gas pipeline is beneficial not only for Russia, but also for the European Union, and emphasizing that it has never used energy resources as an instrument of pressure.
Meanwhile, Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stoked fears, saying that the Germany-US deal on Nord Stream 2 paves the way for “Russian aggression”.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski said that allowing Russia to complete construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was a bad decision that would harm European security.
According to the senior diplomat, by allowing completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline construction, the United States and Germany have shown Russian President Vladimir Putin that any such measures may be effectively implemented.
The European Commission has reportedly confirmed receiving a formal request from Ukraine for consultations in connection with the agreement between the United States and Germany on Nord Stream 2.
At the same time, criticizing the U.S.-German agreement, Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus Marcy Kaptur said “Congress must reject any deals that fail to protect transatlantic security and Ukraine’s sovereignty.”
In turn, the European Commission reminded that in case of completion of the gas pipeline, it will be subject to the provisions of the so-called EU Gas Directive, which does not allow the monopoly use of such infrastructure.
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