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Russia Considers EU's Third Energy Package Unfair - Prime Minister Medvedev

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Moscow does not consider the so-called EU's Third Energy Package fair.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Moscow does not consider the so-called EU's Third Energy Package fair, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.

"There is a well-known Third Energy Package, which we don't consider optimal and fair, and we believe that in some cases it simply stalls some countries, helping others, not creating thus a situation of justice," Medvedev told the Handelsblatt newspaper commenting on the prospects of the Nord Stream 2 project realization.

He added that realization of the Nord Stream 2 project does not unilaterally increase European dependency on Russia, creating interdependence, "and this is what business is about."

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The EU's third energy package, aimed at diversification of the EU gas and electricity market, entered into force in late 2009, sparking disagreements between the European Union and Russia.

The Nord Stream 2 project, which plans to use the original Nord Stream pipeline for 86-percent of the route before branching off, could provide up to 55 billion cubic meters of direct gas supplies from Russian shores through the Baltic Sea to the German coast.

While some EU member states, such as Poland and Lithuania, are opposed to the northern gas pipeline due to concerns over increased energy dependence on Russia, Germany reaffirmed its interest in the project in late 2015, saying that it would bring more benefits for EU members and provide energy safety and security to the 28-nation bloc.

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