Denmark to greenlight Nord Stream 2 if gas transit through Ukraine is guaranteed

Denmark to greenlight Nord Stream 2 if gas transit through Ukraine is guaranteed

Denmark has decided to link the permit for the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia's guarantees for the continuation of gas transit to Europe via Ukraine.

"In this regard, the Ukrainian issue is crucial," Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said in Berlin after the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, DW reports.

Rasmussen recalled that the Danish government had not yet given its consent to the construction of the gas pipeline in the country’s exclusive economic zone. Danish laws require the government "to take into account the geopolitical framework conditions" when making a decision. This aspect is now being studied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

It is clear that Nord Stream 2 is not only a purely commercial project, but involves politics as well, the Danish Prime Minister said. Its construction concerns not only Denmark, therefore, according to Rasmussen, he is glad that Chancellor Merkel made an unequivocal statement on this issue on April 10.


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