KIEV, September 10 (Sputnik) – In June, Gazprom announced plans to build two additional branches of the Nord Stream gas pipeline, running from Russia to Germany, in a joint project with E.ON, Shell and OMV, with an estimated cost of 9.9 billion euro (over $11 billion).
The Nord Stream-2 project, which plans to use the original Nord Stream pipeline for 86-percent of the route before branching off, could provide up to 55 billion cubic meters of direct gas supplies to European customers annually.
“For Ukraine the construction [of the pipeline] would mean excluding Ukraine from transit deliveries to the European Union, which is a loss of $2 billion in revenue that we receive for delivering gas to the EU,” Yatsenyuk said during a briefing after a meeting with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.
Kiev has decided to maximally increase its reverse gas supply from Slovakia, he added.
“We have significantly increased purchasing volumes of gas over the past few weeks and have almost reached a 100-percent capacity.
Ukraine is paying 100 percent for reserved capacities from a Slovak company regardless of whether it buys the gas or not…
We have now decided to maximally increase by 100 percent the volumes of reverse flow from Ukraine,” Yatsenyuk said, according to 112 Ukraina television.
Hopefully, The European Commission will pay attention and make a right decision, corresponding not to the “value”, but to European values.