Ukrainian President Zelensky: only Trump can stop Nord Stream 2 pipeline

During his visit to Lviv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed hope that the issue of the construction of the Nord stream 2 gas pipeline will be resolved in favor of Ukraine after his meeting with US President Donald Trump, reports Ukrinform.

"The question about the construction of Nord stream 2 was answered a long time ago. So, there is no need to speculate on this topic, same as people are speculating about Russia's return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. This happened in our presence. Nobody's asking us. I think that neither Mrs. Merkel nor Mr. Macron will influence the process of the construction of the Nord Stream pipeline. They are influenced by local business, and they cannot do anything about it," Zelensky said.

Ukrainian President said that US President Trump is the only person who can help in resolving this issue.

"Therefore, I will have a meeting with the US President in the United States, and that is the only solution. I am sure that he is the only person who will solve this issue in favor of Ukraine," Zelensky added.

The Ukrainian President also said that he will speak about the issue of the construction of Nord Stream 2 during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda in in September.

Earlier, the US Congress approved sanctions against the construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The draft bill could be voted in the Senate and signed by the US President as early as August.

The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. The 1220-km pipeline will run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast to the coast of Germany. The capacity of each of the two lines is 27.5 billion cubic meters per year.

The new gas pipeline will double the capacity of the first Nord Stream, the route of which it will basically repeat.

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