Es­to­nian am­bas­sador: Es­to­nia not plan­ning to ob­struct Nord Stream 2 talks

The Baltic Times - - BALTICS - In­ter­fax-bns –TBT Staff

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."

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