According to Estonia, Nord Stream 2 is Russia's political tool

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 21.7.2017 16:48

On 18 July, Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser criticised the planned construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, fearing that it could become a Russian political tool. Estonia is a long-standing opponent of the pipeline's construction.

According to the minister, the consequences of the construction of the gas pipeline for Europe, particularly for Eastern and Central Europe, should be analyzed. At the same time, he points out that if Nord Stream 2 gives the right to a Russian supplier - namely Gazprom - to put pressure on any country in Europe, it is also a threat to the European gas market. This is particularly true for Ukraine, which, thanks to Nord Stream 2, will lose the status of a transit country. In addition, Estonia urges that the EU as a whole should deal with Russia on gas supply issues instead of bilateral dealing between states. Concerns about dependence on Russian gas are a long-standing issue in the EU, which severely restricts negotiating positions with Russia on exports, and Russian companies have therefore begun to turn their attention to Asian markets. According to the latest information, Gazprom has signed an agreement with China to start gas supplies by 2019 through the Siberia gas pipeline with the planned annual capacity of up to 38 billion cubic meters.

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