Germany intends to use all the tools to extend the agreement on the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine. This was announced on Wednesday, July 21, by a senior representative of the US State Department.
“Germany will use all the levers at its disposal to achieve an extension of the transit talks,” said an administration official at a press briefing that spoke of joint US and German moves in the context of the pipeline.
He also noted that the United States is counting on cooperation on the gas pipeline with the new government of Germany. In addition, the US is expected to cooperate with Ukraine and Germany.
“With regard to the agreement between the United States and Germany … we expect opportunities for interaction with the new government of Germany, and also intend to work with Germany and Ukraine in a trilateral format,” – leadsRIA News“The words of the diplomat.
Earlier that day, US State Department adviser Derek Scholle said that the United States did not impose new sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project, as it considers the restrictions ineffective at this stage, when the pipeline is almost completed.
On the same day, the United States Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland said that the United States and Germany had reached an agreement on the SP-2.
As noted by the vice-speaker of the Federation Council, Konstantin Kosachev, the agreements between the United States and Germany on Nord Stream 2 indicate Berlin’s obvious interest in this project. He noted that the agreement looks like a deal imposed by a stronger partner, that is, the United States, and a weaker one, Germany.
On July 12, the executive director of Nord Stream 2 AG, Matthias Warnig, noted that construction work under the Nord Stream 2 project could be completed in August. At the same time, they expect to take the project into operation this year.
Nord Stream 2 is being built from Russia to Germany along the Baltic seabed with the aim of direct gas supplies to Europe. The EU countries mainly support the project and participate in its implementation. The Baltic states, Poland, the USA and Ukraine are opposed. The latter fears a halt in the transit of Russian gas through
your territory. At the same time, the United States expects to bring its liquefied natural gas to the European market.