Parubiy initiates meeting of parliament's heads of factions with German MPs to discuss Nord Stream 2 project
Ukraine Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy initiates a meeting of the heads of Ukrainian parliament factions with German MPs to discuss the issue of the inadmissibility of the Nord Stream 2 project.
Read alsoNord Stream 2 gets all required permits in Germany"We are doing our best both at the interstate and parliamentary levels to stop the process," he said during the Conciliation Council of faction leaders and chairmen of parliamentary committees, an UNIAN correspondent reports.
Parubiy recalled that he had initiated a statement on the part of parliament speakers from various countries on the inadmissibility of construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which had already been signed by six speakers of parliaments of EU member states.
In addition, Parubiy said the Verkhovna Rada should formulate its position on the issue by adopting a relevant statement. "This is one of those statements that we urgently need to adopt this week, with our appeal to Western partners," he added.
Read alsoPoroshenko calls supporters of Nord Stream 2 Russia's accomplicesHe also noted the need to intensify diplomatic efforts, including inter-parliamentary diplomacy. "Now I am initiating a meeting of the heads of factions of the Ukrainian parliament with the deputies of the German parliament so that we can conduct a professional discussion and prove the inadmissibility of construction and implementation of this project," Parubiy said.
UNIAN memo. The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two strings of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year from the Russian coast via the Baltic Sea to Germany. A new pipeline is expected to be built next to Nord Stream 1.
According to CEO of the national oil and gas company Naftogaz of Ukraine Andriy Kobolyev, Nord Stream 2 in no way contributes to the diversification of gas supplies to the EU and does not provide the European Union with access to new sources of gas. Moreover, the pipeline could deprive Ukraine of transit revenue, which is expected to reach about US$3 billion by the end of 2017. The U.S. and Poland also oppose the construction of this pipeline.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko believes that those who support the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline are Russia's accomplices in its hybrid war.