Date: 6 months ago   Category: Energy

Lavrov has explained the purpose of statements of Trump about "Nord Stream-2" — Rambler News Service


The Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has said in an interview to the Slovak newspaper Pravda that the purpose of statements of the U.S. President Donald Trump according to whom "Nord Stream-2" divides Europe is advance of the American economic and power interests in Europe. His words are cited by Press Service of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation. "As for the statement of the U.S. President read by you, his purpose is clear to us. It is in advancing the American economic and power interests in Europe. In particular, to force EU countries to finance construction of expensive infrastructure and to begin to buy liquefied natural gas from the USA which price is 30-40% higher in comparison with pipeline gas from Russia" — Lavrov has told. The minister has emphasized that "Nord Stream-2" has exclusively commercial character. According to him, the project is directed to diversifying routes of supply of gas, to eliminate transit risks. "And finally – to satisfy the growing demand of economies of the European states for energy resources, to strengthen energy security of all European continent" — Lavrov has told. He has added that the project is also designed to increase the level of positive economic interdependence of Russia and the European Union which is the cornerstone of mutually favorable relations and stability on the European continent. "Nord Stream-2" — the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea 1220 km long and 55 billion cubic meters in a year. Laying of pipes for "Nord Stream — 2" in the Baltic Sea has begun in July, 2018. It is expected that construction of the gas pipeline will come to the end at the end of 2019.

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