KOBOLEV: the Price of Nord stream-2 − the split in the EU

Коболев: Цена Северного потока-2 − раскол в ЕС

The head of Naftogaz Ukraine Andrew KOBOLEV

Commissioning of the gas pipeline Russia threatens the EU will allow Putin to launch a full-scale military operation in Ukraine, said the head of Naftogaz.

The Chairman of the Board of Naftogaz of Ukraine Andriy KOBOLEV called “Trojan horse” for the EU gas pipeline project Nord stream-2. He stated this in an exclusive interview to DW Nemtsov. Interview.

According to KOBOLEV, the project of construction of gas pipeline “contrary to the interests of Europe.” And that is what Naftogaz is trying to explain to their European partners.

If this gas pipeline will be built and put into operation, “the Europeans will later have to pay” for this, warned the head of Naftogaz. The price for the launch of the Nord stream-2 will be “split the EU”, he said.

According to KOBOLEV, to achieve this goal Moscow will use the tactics of “divide and conquer”.

“Mr. Putin calls to Poland and say:” you Want to get the cheapest gas as it gets to Germany? If you want to get the same competitive advantage, let’s talk about that and other issues”. Then he calls in Slovakia, Hungary and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe. So he’ll get a split,” − said the head of the company.

Chairman of the Board of Naftogaz also announced a “hypothesis” about why Russia via Nord stream-2 and South stream wants to minimize the transit of gas through Ukraine.

“We think that shifting transit from Ukraine somewhere, Putin is in fact paves the way to a full-scale military operation, which eventually will lead to the fact that the Russian tanks will be on the Eastern borders of such countries as Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania,” he said.

According to KOBOLEV, the probability of such development of events “more than 50 percent in the event of termination of transit.”

The existence of gas transit through Ukraine makes such a full-scale aggression is very costly for Russia, he said.

“There is another, more benign scenario. Termination of transit through Ukraine could help Putin win the war in economic terms,” − said the head of Naftogaz.

According to him, such actions will result in Kiev in more than three billion dollars, and “somewhere between two and three percent of GDP.”

Earlier, Gazprom said that after the launch of Nord stream-2 and South stream transit of Russian gas through Ukraine will fall ten times.

Recall President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the supporters of the construction of the Nord stream-2 are co-conspirators in Russia’s hybrid war.

Source: Ukrainian service of DW