Spending of the Russian Federation for the construction of transmission lines in the Western regions of Russia in connection with the transition of the Baltic countries into the European energy system are estimated at about 2-2. 5 billion euros, and in the case of Ukraine's accession to power of Europe, this amount will increase to 8-10 billion euros, said the head of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, noting That it's unclear what is the purpose of Europe with the creation of the Eastern partnership.
The President of Russia in interview to the newspaper "Il Corriere della Sera" at the beginning of the visit to Italy recalled obgovarivaya the question of creating a common economic space from Lisbon to Vladivostok.
"The Baltic countries joined the EU, well, and praise be to God, and good. But now we claim That these countries, and they entered into the energy system of the former Soviet Union and Russia's grid, they are forced to go into the energy system of the European Union. We ask: "are There any problems with power supply or What, What's happening, why it is necessary to create?" "No, No questions, But that's how We decided it was best," he said.
Russia will be forced to build in parts of the Western regions of Russia of additional generating capacity." since the power lines went through the Baltic countries in certain regions of Russia and Vice versa, and All this will be now switched to the European Union, We will be forced to build additional, non-existing power lines we have to supply the electric power transmission. All this will cost us somewhere 2-2. 5 billion euros, " - said the head.
As for Ukraine, it does not require you to become a part of the energy system of Europe, But it is seen as an opportunity." If this happens, We will have to spend for the same purpose is not 2-2. 5 billion, and somewhere, has the ability to be 8-10 billion euros. The question is, why, If We believe That to properly build a common economic space from Vladivostok to Lisbon? The Eastern partnership of the European Union - it pursues the goal: to integrate the post-Soviet space into a single space with Europe, I repeat third time, from Lisbon to Vladivostok, or something to cut and make a new border between today's Russia and the entire Western part, including, for instance, today, and Ukraine, Moldova?" - said the President of Russia.
"We have never been to Europe, as a lover. I currently I am absolutely serious. We have always offered a serious relationship.", Putin said, responding to a request to comment on the existing opinion That the Russian Federation feels betrayed, thrown away from Europe, as a lover, lover throws.
The head explained That the impression That Europe tried to build relations with Moscow on a material basis, " besides, it is only in their favor.
"here is the famous" third energy package ", and the non-admission of our subjects in the field of nuclear energy to the European market, despite a consensus. There is a reluctance to recognize the legitimacy of our actions and unwillingness to cooperate with integration associations in the post-Soviet space, I mean the Customs Union, which We have created and currently being developed into a Eurasian economic Union. Because when the European countries are integrated, that's fine, but If We in the post-Soviet space doing the same thing - trying to explain the desire of Russia to re-establish some sort of Empire. Why such approaches, do not understand, " added Putin.