German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke about the reaction of the European Union (EU) if Russia violates its obligations to transit gas through Ukraine. Her words leads RIA News…
At the same time, Merkel promised that she is not going to resort to speculation, but only wants to tell what opportunities the EU has for reaction. “We are in dialogue with our European friends, but this will be regulated at a decisive moment, I hope it will not reach it,” she stressed.
In the Chancellor’s opinion, Nord Stream 2 should be a supplement to gas transit through Ukraine, not cancel it. She added that a different development of events would cause tension. She noted that Berlin and Washington are negotiating on this matter, they assess the project differently, but agree on the role of Kiev in gas supplies.
Merkel, after meeting with US President Joe Biden, stressed that the positions of Berlin and Washington are different. At the same time, the American leader stressed that “good friends can disagree.”
Together with the chancellor, he asked the governments of the two countries to study practical measures that we could take together, and whether Ukraine’s energy and security security would be strengthened or weakened based on Russian actions.
Commenting on the refusal to impose sanctions on the gas pipeline, Biden stressed that at the time of his inauguration as President of the United States, they did not make sense, since the pipeline was almost completed, but it made sense to discuss with Merkel how to prevent the pipeline from being used as a tool of alleged “blackmail »From the Russian side.
The Ministry of Economy of the Federal Republic of Germany reported that all permits for the construction of the gas pipeline had been issued. Also, the German authorities stressed that the position of Germany on the project remains unchanged.
According to the head of Nord Stream 2 AG, Matthias Warnig, the completion of work at the facility is scheduled for the end of August 2021.
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Warnig also expressed confidence that gas transit through Ukraine will remain one of the routes for gas supplies to Europe after 2024.
Initially, the launch of Nord Stream 2 was scheduled for late 2019, but due to US sanctions it had to be postponed several times. In June, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the completion of the second branch of the pipeline would take one and a half to two months.