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Europe needs both Nord Stream-2 and Ukrainian GTS, says German FM

"Nord Stream-2 is an investment decision of private companies."

Germany is calling for the implementation of the project North Stream-2, but also sees a need for reliability and security of Ukrainian gas transit and supplies to Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland, the Foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel says.

"I sense that our Russian partners are quite ready for that, "Gabriel said as quoted by Interfax.

Commenting on the meeting of the project management with representatives of the European Commission on February 21, the minister noted that "Nord Stream-2 is not a project of the European Commission, but an investment decision of European privately-owned companies.

"It is important to us that this project should be implemented and should be in compliance with the EU's existing legislation." We will keep an eye on that in the future as well. As step in the right direction, "Gabriel added.

Nord Stream-2 is a project to build a gas pipeline with a capacity of 55bn cubic meters from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea. It is assumed that the route along the seabed, as well as the entry point to the German gas transmission system in Greifswald, will be the same as the first Nord Stream launched in 2011.

In February, this issue was discussed at a meeting of the energy ministers of the EU member states. Poland has renewed pressure on the European Commission because of the Nord Stream-2.