Berlin expects Russia to extend agreement on gas transit through Ukraine

Ukraine should remain a transit country for Russian gas, Berlin expects that the transit agreement with the Russian Federation will be extended, said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

“It remains central for the government so that after the completion of the construction of Nord Stream 2, Ukraine remains a transit country. There is a transit agreement,” Seibert told reporters in Berlin on Monday.

According to him, the existing transit agreement "is valid until at least 2024, but the agreement implies that the parties will check the possibility of extending the agreement until 2034."

“We expect this agreement to be renewed,” he said.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmytro Peskov emphasized that Russia and Ukraine had an agreement on gas transit to Europe, this agreement would remain in force for the entire period of its validity. “But even after the expiration of this agreement, Russia does not intend to abandon the Ukrainian transit,” Peskov said.

To recap, Avakov announced the threat of terrorist attacks in Ukraine due to the launch of Nord Stream 2.

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