President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, in an interview with the German edition of Handelsblatt, proposed an alternative to the Nord Stream-2 project.
According to the Ukrainian leader, Russia is “an extremely unreliable partner.” He called the gas pipeline a “political bribe” and warned that this would lead to an economic and energy blockade of Ukraine.
“Sorry for the harsh words, but Nord Stream-2 is a political bribe for loyalty to Russia,” Poroshenko said.
As an alternative to the “economically unjustified” project, Poroshenko proposed the transit of gas through Ukraine. He stressed that it would be much cheaper, in addition, the gas pipeline could be easily and profitably modernized.
“Just ask us, instead of investing 10 billion euros in Nord Stream-2,” the Ukrainian president said.
On April 5, the construction of the “Nord Stream-2” on the territory of Finland was agreed to by the authorities. On March 27, a similar decision was made in Germany. The permit was issued by the Federal Agency for Shipping and Hydrography, it concerns a sea section with a length of 31 kilometers.
Ukraine earlier called on the US for new sanctions and passed a resolution calling to to ban the construction of the gas pipeline. The European Union said that they are not going to impose sanctions against the project, as to them it is a vital initiative in energy security.