KYIV (QHA) -

The Ukrainian government calls upon the European Union to block the construction of a joint with Russia gas pipeline South Stream, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said during the Parliament session on Tuesday.

"We believe that South Stream is a project aimed to increase Europe's energy dependence, remove Ukraine from a common energy policy with the EU, strengthen the position of the Russian Gazprom in Europe. Therefore, we call on the European Union to block South Stream," the head of government said.

The South Stream gas pipeline project, which would pump gas from Russia into Southeast and Central Europe going around existing infrastructure in Ukraine, is to be completed by 2017. It is expected that the new pipeline will increase the EU's Russian gas consumption by one-fifth.

It has recently caused many discussions in Europe, as a number of countries are seeking ways to reduce the EU's dependence on Russian gas.

QHA