PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, November 25. /TASS/. Those who say that the Nord Stream-2 project infringes upon Ukraine’s interests simply support any anti-Russian steps taken by the United States, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Sunday.
"Those who support any anti-Russian steps merely out of allied, wrongly interpreted solidarity think only of how to please the United States, to be more precise, not the United States as such but those circles that are seeking to frustrate any constructive initiatives in relations between Moscow and Washington," he said in an interview with the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin program on the Rossiya-1 television channel.
Nord Stream-2 is an international project for the construction of a gas pipeline that will run across the bottom of the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast to Germany bypassing transit states, such as Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries.
The new 1,200 kilometer pipeline, basically following the same route as Nord Stream, will traverse economic zones and territorial water of five countries, namely Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. The pipeline’s capacity will be 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year and it is planned to be commissioned in late 2019.
By now, only Denmark has not yet issued a permit for the pipeline construction. According to Danish Prime Minister Lokke Rasmussen, the country will either block or postpone the project.