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Dmitry Belik: Ukraine rejected Russia as a strategic partner

The Ukrainian authorities are concerned that the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 will bypass Kiev, said Dmitry Belik, a member of the State Duma’s international affairs committee.

Thus, he commented on the statements of President Volodymyr Zelensky that the project is a “great tragedy” for Kiev. According to the deputy, it was Ukraine that rejected the Russian Federation as a strategic partner, writes RT.

“Ukraine has caused damage to its own defense industry, machine building, aircraft construction and space construction, but has not found a worthy replacement for the Russian partnership,” the deputy stressed.

The President of Ukraine, together with his team, has been fighting for a long time against Nord Stream 2, which allegedly can deprive the state of the transit of Russian gas. However, Nestor Shufrich, MP from the Opposition Platform – For Life faction, explained that Zelensky himself had abandoned a long-term contract with Gazprom back in 2019.

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