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 "Ukrainian issue is crucial," - Danish PM on Nord Stream 2 piplene construction

Danish Prime Minister says his government has decided to link the permit for the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia's guarantees for the continuation of gas transit to Europe via Ukraine.

"In this regard, the Ukrainian issue is crucial," Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen said in Berlin after the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

Rasmussen recalled that the Danish government had not yet given its consent to the construction of the gas pipeline in the country’s exclusive economic zone. Danish laws require the government "to take into account the geopolitical framework conditions" when making a decision. This aspect is now being studied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

It is clear that Nord Stream 2 is not only a purely commercial project, but involves politics as well, the Danish Prime Minister said. Its construction concerns not only Denmark, therefore, according to Rasmussen, he is glad that Chancellor Merkel made an unequivocal statement on this issue on April 10.

Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline project intended to secure the transport of natural gas from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea, bypassing transit countries.

On March 27, 2017, Naftohaz Ukrainy filed a claim to the European Court of Justice demanding European Commission to revoke its decision of Oct. 28, 2016 which allows the Russian Gazprom to significantly increase the use of OPAL gas pipeline and boost gas deliveries through the Nord Stream.

In December 2016, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Polish President Andrzej Duda made joint statement calling to review the European Commission's decision, which provided Gazprom the opportunity to increase gas supplies to Europe bypassing Ukraine.

The OPAL gas pipeline connects the offshore Nord Stream pipeline with the gas infrastructure of the Czech Republic. It started operating in 2011.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3061027