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Ukraine's Economy May Lose Up to 3% GDP Due to Nord Stream 2 - Finance Ministry

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Cityscape view of Kiev, Ukraine - Sputnik International
KIEV (Sputnik) - The Ukrainian economy may lose up to 3 percent of its GDP after the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the country's Finance Ministry revealed on Wednesday.

"The implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project may lead to losses of about 2.5-3-percent of GDP due to a decrease in the export of services," the Ukrainian Finance Ministry said.

The ministry also believes that the implementation of the project will strengthen the role of Germany as a "gas hub" for consumers in Western and Central Europe.

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The Nord Stream 2 project envisages the construction of two gas pipelines that will run from Russia, through the Baltic Sea and to a hub in Germany, bypassing Ukraine entirely. The project is a joint venture of the Russian Gazprom energy giant with French Engie, Austrian OMV AG, UK-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell, and German Uniper and Wintershall.

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The project has been welcomed by some countries in Europe, such as Germany and Austria, and opposed by others, including Ukraine, which may suffer transit revenue drops if Nord Stream 2 becomes operational.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in May that Russia will not halt the transit of gas through Ukraine if this remains cost-effective.

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