If there are problems with gas transit through Ukraine, Russia will supply to the European Commission the question Of the future of the Opal pipeline, said the head of Gazprom Alexei Miller.
" We have This issue with the European Commission addressed. This question is now, what If We will fix problems with the transit through the territory of Ukraine, it will be a question on Opal And it will be decided, " said Miller, RIA " Novosti ". About the fact that the Commission for questions of transit pumping gas from Russia via Ukraine may allow Gazprom to download the Opal pipeline, Miller announced in may." But even the Opal does not solve all problems. We through Nord stream, respectively, transferring amounts from the Ukrainian direction, we can only redirect 50 million cubic meters per day. But in reality it is not even fifty percent of the amount that transferues through the territory of Ukraine. Without a doubt, of course, need the " South stream ". And only the " South stream " will solve all of transit risks of Ukraine, " said Miller. The Opal pipeline with a capacity of 36 billion cubic meters passes through Germany, connecting the new Baltic sea pipeline the Nord stream with the existing gas transmission networks. Russia And Germany wanted to achieve for Opal exceptions to the norms of the 3rd energy package of the EU, which allows Gazprom to fill the pipe is not greater than than half.