Europe must achieve the abolition of Gazprom's export monopoly and the opening of competition for the European market by other suppliers.
Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko stressed in an interview with the Polish online newspaper BiznesAlert.
"Our countries are standing in full solidarity considering Nord Stream 2 a geopolitical instead of a commercial project. Its goal is to create an artificial gas shortage in Central and Eastern Europe. Gazprom is already using its monopoly position to keep gas prices on a record high in the European market. If Gazprom gets the opportunity to concentrate all gas transit in the gas pipelines under its control, it will give the Kremlin new powerful levers to interfere in the EU's internal affairs," German Galushchenko stressed.
To deprive Gazprom of the opportunity to create an artificial gas shortage, Europe must seek to end Gazprom's export monopoly and open competition for the European market from other suppliers in the east.
"This is a complex and ambitious project that the European Union could implement as virtually the only buyer of gas exported by Gazprom. The role of Germany is rather critical here, and Poland and Ukraine could be natural drivers of this process," the Minister of Energy accentuated.
Full interview is at the link.