News Digest Item
18 May 2018

Ukrainian President says Russian-German gas pipeline will “feed the beast“ in Moscow

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Diverting part of European gas supply from Russia around Ukraine via the Nord Stream 2 offshore Baltic Sea pipeline would empower Moscow to “attack our common values” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko writes in a guest article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Poroshenko says the planned pipeline would be “a tragic historic mistake” and that Nord Stream 2 is “a purely geopolitical project of the Kremlin that has nothing to do with national or private economic interests”. With Russia still engaged in armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and refusing to budge over the contested Crimea peninsula, a common project the scale of Nord Stream 2 would “appease an aggressor” and dissolve European unity, the Ukrainian president says. 

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