Date: 2 weeks ago   Category: Economy

Nord Stream-2: The Russian Empire prepared for retaliation long ago - the diplomat

Germany decided on what is good for Berlin - well for the EU. And if the EU gas directive about which coordination of the text reported last week from Berlin and Brussels is accepted, this slogan will gain not relative, but absolutely concrete sense, the Director of Diplomatic academy of Gennady Udovenko at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine of Gennady Udovenko Sergey Korsunsky writes in the article for ZN.UA.

the Diplomat notes that it was talked of attempt of the states - opponents of "Nord Stream-2" to extend to this and all similar pipelines of the rule of the Third Energy Package of the EU.

"Was expected that elimination of monopolism of Gazprom over roundabout routes of supply of gas considerably will reduce interest of Russia without sense and advantage to drown 10 billion euros in waters of the North Sea. There was a precedent when Brussels demanded to distribute rules of "unbundling" and free access to capacities to a land part of South Stream which had to come from waters of the Black Sea out of the water in Bulgaria, but did not come out. Gazprom did not agree to conditions of the EU, and the project was stopped", - the diplomat writes.

However Korsunsky emphasizes that with "Nord Stream-2" the situation is much worse.

"First, it is under construction in the conditions of open aggression of Russia against Ukraine, so, initially is a factor of hybrid war. In this case - economic. Loss of transit by Ukraine (and with it Germany and Gazprom are helped also by Turks with "The Turkish stream") means minus of 3 billion euros from income of the country. Makes our annual budget on defense exactly so much", - the diplomat writes.

Korsunsky notes that Germany - not Bulgaria and if in Berlin something was conceived, so to that and to be. And to meet requirements of the Third Energy Package for "Nord Stream-2" not so difficult.

"In particular, a condition to provide capacities of "pipe" to the third producers in conditions when it begins in Russia, and comes to an end in Germany, just lightly. And anyway the agreed directive says that all decisions on this gas pipeline will be made by Germany. We speak Germany - we mean the EU", - the diplomat adds.

Korsunsky does not doubt that the project background - political. "If to lay for a moment pipelines aside, then it is necessary to recognize - the Russian Empire prepared for retaliation long ago, and not only in Europe", - the diplomat summarizes.



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