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Putin discusses Nord Stream 2

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News sources have reported that during a meeting with the head of BASF (Kurt Bock), the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, stated that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was “not directed against any of our partners.”

Expected to come into service in 2019, the purpose of Nord Stream 2 is to double the capacity of the existing Nord Stream pipeline. This second stretch of Nord Stream will generally follow the route of the existing Nord Stream line, with each stretch having a capacity of 27.5 billion m3.

As reported by Sputnik News, Poland and Ukraine are the primary opponents to the pipeline. The project needs to be given the greenlight by Germany, Finland and Denmark.

“We are ready to maintain ties with all our partners, including Ukraine as a transit country," Putin said.

“Taking into account the growth in consumption in Europe and the decline in production of our European partners, Nord Stream 2 is an absolutely natural project,” he added.

According to Reuters, Putin also stated that the pipeline project was “purely economic and not directed against other countries.”

Reuters also reported: “Bock told the Russian leader he hoped Nord Stream 2 would succeed, adding that the project's rationale was rising gas consumption in Europe.”

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