The countries of Eastern Europe have plans to do battle with Germany for the joint project of Gazprom and Western organizations, writes.
according to the newspaper, Poland, Slovakia, and another 7 countries in Eastern Europe sent a letter to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, which demanded to discuss the question of the "Nord stream-2" conference on the EU at the beginning of winter.
Eastern European Countries require to block the Project, claiming that "Northern stream-2" is contrary to EU policy on energy security and diversification of supplies, as well as " harms from a geopolitical point of view ". Authorized nine countries also state that in this matter Germany as the most influential EU member state puts its economic desires ahead of energy security in Eastern Europe.
"Nord stream-2" can become a source of tension between the EU and the US, according to the publication. The white house has shown that the Project will deprive Ukraine of $2 billion of income from gas transit and the IMF or the EU will need to compensate this amount.
The diplomat in an Eastern European country told the publication that at the moment they are " losing the battle ", but have plans " to fight ". A senior European official told the FT that the campaign did achieve certain results and maybe "Nord stream-2" and in truth will be discussed at the December EU summit.
the head of the European Commission, however, denied the statements of the countries of Eastern Europe about the fact that the Project is a political issue. He drew attention that "Nord stream-2" is a commercial enterprise, and showed only After Angela Merkel that "Nord stream-2" should be tested on.
The German authorities note that "Nord stream-2" is only a commercial Project of private energy organizations. Berlin informs that the new pipeline will secure supplies to EU in case of gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine.
While Germany aims to show the influence of the EU on the progress of the project was minimal. The Vice-Chancellor said during the visit to the capital of Russia that Berlin will ensure that the Project remained within the competence of the German authorities that, according to his statement, will limit.
The project "Northern stream-2" involves the construction of 2 pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to the German coast. The mutual agreement of the shareholders of the project organization New European Pipeline AG, which will build the pipeline was signed on 4 September. At the moment it is planned that a share of partners in the project will be distributed as follows: Gazprom - 50%, BASF, E. ON, Engie, OMV, Shell - 10%.