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Declaration of Ukraine "Nord Stream-2" pointless

Tags: Ukraine, Economy, the Nord Stream Gas

Ukraine does not have the right to demand to harmonize with it the construction of the pipeline "Nord Stream-2", believe polled by RIA Novosti Ukrainian experts.

Earlier Friday, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) urged participants to build a gas pipeline "Nord Stream-2" to coordinate the project with the Ukrainian side.

"What does Ukraine has to build a pipeline, which is being implemented in its territory, is not in its economic zone? I understand that yet somehow Poland, the Baltic countries have something to say, Ukraine can not demand it because on its territory pump Russian gas, "- said the co-chairman of the Kiev Center for energy strategies Dmitry Marunich.

According Marunych it is absolutely clear that the parties to implement the project, will not coordinate their actions with the Ukrainian side.

"This statement is contrary to common sense, because the Antimonopoly Committee has nothing to do with the construction of international gas pipelines has not" - says Ukrainian energy expert Valentin Zemlyansky.

However, he believes that for Ukraine the only lever of influence on the situation with the construction of the "Nord Stream-2" is to appeal to the Secretariat of the European Energy Community. "The only thing that can make Ukraine in this situation - is to write a complaint to the Energosoobschestva secretariat, of which Ukraine is, that the" Nord Stream "worsens its position as a gas transit country, but Energosoobschestvo will have to respond appropriately," - said Zemlyansky .

"The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has to deal with internal issues, its competence does not extend to the activities of" Gazprom "outside of Ukraine", - he believes.

The project "North Stream-2" involves the construction of two lines with a total capacity of the gas pipeline 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year from the Russian coast of the Baltic Sea to Germany. "Gazprom" will belong to 50% in the project by European companies OMV, BASF, Engie, Shell, Uniper (isolated from E.On) - on 10%. The new pipeline is planned to build near the "Nord Stream".

Previous partners for the construction of the "Nord Stream-2" served notice of a joint venture of German and Polish anti-monopoly regulators. Germany has given its approval, and Poland in late July, objected. Then, the project partners have reported that they have decided to withdraw the notification filed in Poland to establish a joint venture. Each of the partners intend to explore alternatives in the project.

Ukraine is an opponent of the "Nord Stream-2" and insists on using its gas transportation capacity for gas transit to Europe. The contract on gas transit from Russia to Europe via Ukraine will expire at the end of the year 2019.

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