Estonian ambassador: Estonia not planning to obstruct Nord Stream 2 talks
Estonia does not think it is advisable to implement the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project but as the president of the Council of the European Union will take a constructive approach and will not slow down the talks on this project, Estonian ambassador to Russia Arti Hilpus said.
"Even if Estonia does not see economic or any other benefit for itself in this project, we, as the EU Council president, stand ready to play a constructive role to enable the European Commission to do its work as efficiently as possible," Hilpus said in an interview with Interfax on Tuesday, July 25.
"It is important to us to ensure that all principles of the European Energy Union are observed to the maximum extent. And here the president's role is to facilitate the process of discussions and enable the European Commission to receive a mandate for such negotiations. In this sense, Estonia as the EU Council president will not slow down this process," he said.
"On the state level, Estonia was skeptical over the Nord Stream project as it does not see any need for it," Hilpus said. "In our opinion, this project does not help create a diversity of sources and routes for gas supplies to the European market because it will only serve to increase dependence on one supplier."