Estonia Considers Nord Stream 2 Project as Disruption of EU's Unity

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Tallinn considers the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to be a political project aimed at undermining of Europe's unity, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said in a statement Friday.

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TALLINN (Sputnik) — Tallinn considers the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to be a political project aimed at undermining of Europe's unity, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said in a statement Friday.

Earlier in the day, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Tallinn to meet the leadership of the Baltic nation and to discuss a number of bilateral, as well as international issues.

"Estonia considers Nord Stream 2 as a political project, which contradicts the energy policy of the European Union. According to our estimates, Nord Stream 2 is a part of Russia's foreign policy ambitions aimed at undermining of Europe's unity," Roivas during a meeting with Steinmeier, as quoted by press service of the Estonian government.

The Nord Stream-2 project aims to deliver 55 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas a year to the European Union bypassing the Baltic nations, Ukraine and Poland. In September, Russian energy giant Gazprom and its European partner companies — E.On, Shell, OMV, BASF and Engie — signed a shareholders agreement on the project.

The project has been met with opposition from some EU member states, including Poland and the Baltic countries, over fears it would increase European energy dependence on Russia. At the same time, such countries as Germany and Austria reaffirmed their interest in the project, adding that the pipeline would bring more benefits for EU members and provide energy safety and security to the 28-nation bloc.

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