Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday blasted a planned second gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, claiming it would cost his country $2 billion (1.8 billion euros) a year in lost revenue.
«The fact is that if Russia and some Western companies will complete Nord Stream-2, this will deprive Ukraine of two billion dollars in revenue» annually, he said, speaking at a joint press conference with his Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian counterparts.
«This will deprive Slovakia of 0.8 billion dollars in revenue, Poland of 0.3 billion dollars in revenue and this will even deprive the EU of real energy independence,» he added.
«We ask the European Commission… to seriously get into this issue so Russia is not allowed to facilitate a bottleneck and control the energy market of the European Union,» he said, terming the project as «more political than economic.»
Russia and the West are locked in a bitter standoff over the Kremlin’s role in Ukraine and a gas dispute between Kiev and Moscow has threatened energy supplies to the EU.