OSCE Recognizes Kremlin's Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream as Political Tools

The Committee on Political Affairs and Security of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) adopted a resolution on European energy security on 7 July which addresses the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream gas pipelines

The Committee on Political Affairs and Security of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) adopted a resolution on European energy security on 7 July which addresses the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream gas pipelines.

In the resolution, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly recognized these two projects as providing Russia with political and economic leverage over other countries, “expressing particular concern about the Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream pipeline projects and their potential to be used for the political or economic coercion of supply-dependent participating State.”

“We would like to thank the committee for this responsible position. We express particular gratitude to the delegations of Lithuania, the US, Ukraine and other nations who have actively supported this important resolution,” commented Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev.

Background information:

As recently as in March 2019, members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for a cancellation of Nord Stream 2 because of its obvious political nature and its negative effect on the European energy security. The resolution was adopted by a large margin – 402 votes to 163, with 89 abstentions, including by a majority of MEPs from Germany and Austria. The vote took place after the Gas Directive had been amended to extend the European rules on incoming offshore pipelines.

Earlier, on 12 December 2018, MEPs сalled for construction to cease on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which bypasses Ukraine, stating: "The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is a political project that poses a threat to European energy security and efforts to diversify European energy supplies." The European Parliament adopted the resolution by a large majority 433 votes to 105, with 30 abstentions.

Taking into account the position of the US’ European allies and energy security threats posed by the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream, both chambers of the US Congress are considering bills that impose narrowly targeted sanctions on the provision of technologies and equipment used in the two pipeline projects.
Communications Department
NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine

 

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