Groysman to Germany: Ukrainian GTS more reliable, cheaper than Russian pipelines bypassing Ukraine
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman at a meeting with Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said Ukrainian gas transportation system (GTS) is more reliable and cheaper than Russian gas pipelines bypassing Ukraine.
"Ukrainian transit infrastructure is more reliable and cheaper than Russian bypass gas pipelines," Groysman said, according to the Ukrainian government press service.
It is reported the parties touched upon the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which serves mostly as a hybrid weapon against the EU, rather than an energy tool for the consumers.
The prime minister stressed that there is no guarantee that Moscow would keep its promises. Russia has repeatedly shown off its proclivity for intimidation and applying energy tools of influence to achieve its political goals. Therefore, a transit route via Ukraine remains the only alternative in the matter of ensuring the energy independence of European states, according to Groysman.