The United States suggested that Ukraine forget about “Nord Stream-2”
Ukraine was asked not to look at Nord Stream-2 solely as a problem.As Hochstei noted, Ukraine should not talk about the Russian gas pipeline, but directly about integration into the European energy system / Illustration REUTERS
On the eve of the launch of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline , Ukraine should not focus on Russian gas and its transportation. It is now much better for Ukraine to focus on becoming part of a major energy transition.
This statement was made by Amos Hochstei, a senior energy security adviser at the US State Department, in an interview with NV magazine .
According to Hochstei, Ukraine should not talk about the Russian gas pipeline, not about Nord Stream-2, but directly about integration into the European energy system.
Hochstei urged Ukraine not to look at Nord Stream 2 solely as a problem.
“Let’s not look narrowly at Nord Stream 2. Let’s look at our future, in which we must not wake up and understand that Ukraine is isolated from the modern energy systems of the world and the energy economy just because someone did not understand that it is time to modernize,” said Hochstei.
At the same time, according to the representative of the US State Department, now is the moment when the great energy transition should begin, and Ukraine should be a part of it.
According to the diplomat, Ukraine’s integration into the single energy space of Europe will make renewable and nuclear energy cheaper.
“I have already said that I want to see Ukraine not as a country that transports molecules, but as a country that supplies electrons,” the diplomat said.
It is about transforming the existing basket of energy resources, moving away from coal and expanding renewable and nuclear energy sources. We need to effectively use the deposits of Ukrainian energy fields, not just talk about Nord Stream 2 and gas from Russia. Why not remove these weapons? Why not say that Russian gas is not so important? “Hochstein added.
Nord Stream 2: what you need to know
- On July 21, 2021, the United States and Germany reached an agreement on Nord Stream-2. It stipulates that Washington is renouncing its intention to impose sanctions on participants in the Nord Stream 2 project, but the possibility of EU sanctions on Moscow remains if Russia uses the pipeline as an instrument of energy pressure.
- The agreement also states the intention to maintain gas transit through Ukraine. Germany promises to use all the levers to persuade Russia to extend the agreement on gas transit through Ukraine, which should end at the end of 2024.
- In July, it was reported that the European Commission had begun examining Ukraine’s formal request for consultations over an agreement between the United States and Germany to complete construction of Russia’s Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.
- The Nord Stream 2 project envisages the construction and operation of two branches of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The pipeline operator is Nord Stream 2 AG, founded by Russia’s Gazprom. The project is funded by European companies – French Engie, Austrian OMV, British-Dutch Shell, German Uniper and Wintershall.
- The new pipeline bypassing Ukraine was planned to be completed by the end of 2019, along with the already existing Nord Stream-1.
- Construction of the pipeline was suspended due to US sanctions against contractors, but resumed in February 2021. Nord Stream 2 AG decided to complete it on their own.
- On September 10, 2021, Gazprom reported on the completion of the construction of Nord Stream-2 .
- (C)UNIAN 2021