Zelensky estimated damage from Nord Stream 2 at $ 3 billion annually

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, at a meeting with a delegation from the United States, said that due to Nord Stream 2, his country would lose about $ 3 billion a year. Mr. Zelensky is convinced that after the launch of the pipeline, Russia will refuse to transport gas to Europe through the territory of Ukraine … The Kremlin and the Russian Foreign Ministry denied this.

A delegation from the US Congress arrived in Ukraine this week. Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed Nord Stream 2 with them during a personal meeting. In his opinion, only the administration of American President Joe Biden can prevent the completion of the pipeline and put it into operation.

Mr Zelenskiy called Nord Stream 2 Russia’s “separate powerful weapon”. “And then Europe asks how you can protect yourself from Russia. The answer is very simple – not to give weapons to the enemy, ”said the President of Ukraine, quoted by his press service.

According to him, Ukraine needs a “powerful and well-supplied army” to continue “defending Europe and European values” on the eastern border. “Nord Stream 2 will disconnect Ukraine from gas supplies, which means it will“ disconnect ”us from at least $ 3 billion a year … We will have nothing to pay for the Ukrainian army,” Volodymyr Zelensky is convinced.

In May, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced its intention to fight against the implementation of the pipeline project until gas flows through it. The Russian Foreign Ministry, in response to this, promised that Russia will continue to supply its gas through Ukraine as long as the relevant contractual obligations are in force.

You can read about the sanctions imposed on the project by the United States in the material of Kommersant, “Nord Stream 2 was touched on a tangent.”