The Swedish government has stated that it will not hamper the port town of Karlshamn to pass Russia to hire a part of its harbour that will facilitate the construction of Nord stream-2. This publication reports Euobserver.
The Minister of defence of Sweden Peter Hultqvist opposes the construction of the pipeline as it threatens the security of the country. However, the Swedish government lacks the powers to prevent the town Karlshamn in the South to enact his plans. Local Council Karlshamn on Tuesday is likely to support the decision about the lease of the port, the newspaper notes
Hultquist on Monday reiterated that he still opposes the construction of the Nord stream-2.
“I have already said that Nord stream-2 affects our bodies and the armed forces, and that this has a negative impact on Sweden. This opinion remains, and we have adopted a number of measures to ensure security,” he said.
Measures include the strengthening of the coast guard, armed forces and customs, as well as more stringent oversight of the strategic Baltic port, which is located 50 km from the main base of the Navy of Sweden Karlskrona.
Before that the Russian Federation wanted to rent the harbour and on the Swedish island of Gotland, but in December it was local authorities have decided to deny Gazprom.
The head of NAK Naftogaz of Ukraine stated that the EU should block the gas pipeline project Nord stream-2, which will give the Kremlin’s geopolitical and financial leverage on Germany, Poland and Slovakia.
Earlier it was reported that Gazprom will pay for the construction costs of the Nord stream gas pipeline 2, since the Austrian oil company OMV and other European partners refused to participate in the project.
Gazprom in 2017 plans to direct for financing of the construction of the Nord stream gas pipeline-2 of about 111 billion.
In December 2016, Gazprom said that they see risks to Finance the construction of the gas pipeline Nord stream-2. The head of gas holding Alexey Miller said that all of the participants have confirmed their participation in the project Nord stream-2, and that the project is implemented on schedule.
On 25 October, the European Parliament adopted the “EU Strategy against LNG and storage facilities”, which States that the construction of Russian gas pipeline Nord stream-2 is contrary to the interests of the European Union.
Project Nord stream-2 involves the construction of two pipelines to bypass Ukraine with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany.
Source: European Pravda