Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor confirmed her country's stance on keeping the gas transit across Ukraine after the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is launched. The German leader plans to discuss this issue during her next visit in the U.S. Merkel said so at a briefing on Monday evening.
"We want to see to it that the gas transit across Ukraine stays in the future. We want Ukraine to stay the gas transit country even after the construction of Nord Stream 2 is over. We see Ukraine fears it. And it will be one of the topics of my conversation with Biden", Merkel said.
Earlier, Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Nord Stream 2 is not an economic project, but a security issue for Ukraine and other European Union countries. He said this in an interview with LRT. According to Zelensky, many countries understand that the gas pipeline is a security issue not only for Ukraine, but also for many other EU countries.