The German government is in favour of continuing the transit of gas through the territory of Ukraine after the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, and this position remains unchanged. This was stated by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at a briefing with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in Berlin, reports Economichna Pravda.
“As for Germany, and Madame Chancellor said this to Putin several years ago, the completion of the project is tied to the fact that in the future there will be gas transit through Ukraine. We have worked hard to sign such an agreement in 2019. Our position does not change and we will continue to talk about this to Russia,” Maas said.
Kuleba, in turn, said that all guarantees of the Russian gas pipeline should be divided into security and economic issues.
“And I said that Ukraine has never doubted and does not doubt Germany's sincere desire to support Ukraine. But we have serious doubts about Russia's ability to comply with the agreements. We believe that Germany is ready to give guarantees, but Russia is also a party to the deal, therefore it is necessary to conduct substantive and detailed negotiations,” the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.
Earlier, an official representative of the German government said that Ukraine should remain a transit country for Russian gas.
As reported, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that he expected provocations and attempted terrorist attacks on the Ukrainian section of the gas pipeline from Russia through the launch of Nord Stream 2.
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