Vice-President of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UCCI) Mikhail Nepran believes that Russia wants to turn his country into an “agrarian province” by building gas pipelines bypassing Ukrainian territory.
In his opinion, Ukraine may lose the opportunity to transit Russian gas to other countries due to the launch of the Turkish Stream and the construction of Nord Stream 2, which entails catastrophic consequences for the country in geopolitical terms, RIA Novosti reports.
Nepran said that Moscow is creating conditions for quickly transforming Ukraine from an important mediator between Russia and the European Union into an agrarian province and removing it “from the list of key players in the great geopolitical game.”
After the loss of the gas transportation system, Kiev will cease to be interesting for the EU, which will not depend on the Ukrainian “pipe” and will cease to deal with the fate of the country, the deputy head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine notes.
In this regard, he believes that Ukraine can offer Europe “any convenient conditions” up to transferring control of the GTS, so as not to lose the gas transportation system at all and not to lose practically its last “lever of influence on world geopolitics”.
Meanwhile, the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, through which Russian gas will be supplied through the Baltic Sea to Germany, is already 95% complete, and about 121 kilometers of pipes remain to be laid.
Moscow has repeatedly stated that this project is not pursuing political, but exclusively economic goals. Also, the Russian authorities have assured that the transit of gas to Europe through Ukraine will continue under the terms of the agreements concluded with Kiev.