The candidate for Federal Chancellor of Germany, Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Armin Laschet assured the Kiev authorities that the sovereignty and security of Ukraine remains one of the important priorities of the FRG’s foreign policy. On Saturday, July 3, the politician said this in an interview with a Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita…
Speaking about the deal between the United States and Germany on the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which provoked a violent reaction from Kiev, Laschet drew attention to the fact that the US-German agreement provides Germany with a tool with which it will be possible to “hold Russia accountable for destructive actions”.
Earlier, on July 26, the head of Naftogaz, Yuriy Vitrenko, said that Russia is using gas as a geopolitical weapon against Ukraine and the European Union. Proof of this is allegedly the recent statement of Gazprom that the continuation of transit through Ukraine is made dependent on the acquisition of additional volumes of gas by EU companies from Gazprom under new contracts.
On July 21, it became known that Germany and the United States had reached an agreement on the SP-2. According to the US Department of State, Berlin agreed to take measures to support the European energy market, to take measures up to and including sanctions against Russia if it restricts energy supplies.
The German authorities have pledged to allocate € 200 million to support Ukraine’s energy sector and organize a $ 1 billion fund that will ensure the country’s energy security. Germany, within the framework of the agreements, will support the US demand to extend the agreement on the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine, which expires in 2024.
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.