(MENAFN- UkrinForm) Unblocking the access of European buyers to the purchase of Russian and Central Asian gas at the eastern border of Ukraine and independently reserving transit facilities is a legally binding condition for the certification of Nord Stream 2.
This is according to Yuriy Vitrenko, chairman of the board of directors of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, Ukrinform reports referring to the press service of the company.
“Third party access cannot be provided only to Nord Stream 2 as this would make it precisely more privileged than other pipelines connecting Russia to Europe, including through Ukraine. The German regulator should not certify Nord Stream2 as long as Russia has not unblocked the Ukrainian gas pipeline for third parties so that European companies can receive gas at the border between Ukraine and Russia, then book transit through Ukraine themselves ”, Vitrenko said.
According to the head of Naftogaz, offering free access exclusively to Nord Stream 2 without Russia unblocking the Ukrainian transit route would be contrary to the principle of solidarity enshrined in the treaty establishing the European Union.
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Also, Vitrenko recalled the judgment of the European Court, which obliged the German regulator to apply the principle of solidarity in the certification of gas pipelines.
The head of Naftogaz also stressed that Ukraine did not ask for political guarantees in the international negotiations on Nord Stream 2, while demanding a strict application of the legislation in force.
“Ukraine’s strategy is not to ask for guarantees and then build on them. Because we have a sad experience of the Budapest Memorandum and, therefore, we do not really believe in it. We all understand it. that Gazprom and Putin in Europe are trying to use the law of force, when our strength lies precisely in the legal validity of our position, ”said Vitrenko.
As previously reported, Russian gas monopoly Gazprom announced on September 10 the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, laid from Russia to Germany at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, thereby bypassing Ukraine. Russian Gazprom is the sole shareholder in the project.
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The German Federal Network Agency has been examining the Nord Stream 2 certification application filed by the operator Nord Stream 2 AG since September 8.
Ukraine, Poland, the Baltic States and the United States opposed the pipeline. The German side assures that it will do everything to ensure that Ukraine retains its transit role, expecting Russia to ensure that the gas transit contract with Ukraine is extended after the expiration of the current agreement of 5 years, signed in December 2019.
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