Fuel and Energy Minister Yuriy Boiko believes that Ukraine's accession to the  Energy Community can influence the situation over South Stream. He said this in a  BBC interview, UKRINFORM reported.

Ukraine will get the right to vote at European commissions as a partner of European energy companies, and they are now obliged to hear it, because Ukraine is a full member of the Energy Community; therefore, it has all the rights, and will be considered as an equal member of the community, rather than just as partner or neighbor, as before, the Minister noted.

Ukraine is grateful that the European Union, European Commission support the Nabucco project, and South Stream is not a strategic initiative to them; but EU member countries are signing treaties with the Russian Federation, while Ukraine is trying to convince its partners in Europe and in Russia that its gas transportation system is more economical and a safer route for transporting Russian gas to Europe than laying a new route through the Black Sea, Boiko said.

As reported, on September 24, the Protocol on Ukraine's accession to the treaty establishing the Energy Community was signed in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia). Addressing the participants in the ceremony, Boiko said Ukraine considers its membership of the Energy Community as a practical step towards real integration into the EU internal market, in particular, its energy component.

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