German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas assured his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba that Germany would take care to minimize the risks for Ukraine associated with the launch of Nord Stream 2. This was discussed during a press conference following the talks between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries, as Deutsche Welle reports.
"I am very sorry that Ukraine and Germany take different positions on this project. However, I have received clear assurances from Heiko Maas that Germany is aware of all the risks associated with it for Ukraine and is working on minimization of these risks," Kuleba said.
First of all, it is about maintaining gas transit from Russia to the EU through the territory of Ukraine. However, Kyiv requires not only economic guarantees, but also security guarantees.
According to Kuleba, Ukraine has never doubted Germany's readiness to help, but Kyiv has serious and well-founded doubts that Russia has the will to abide by any agreements.
As it was reported earlier, on June 9, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba, on the second day of his visit to Germany, held talks with the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas.
On June 8, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba began his visit to Germany against the background of the escalation of the security situation on the part of Russia, as well as the start of the election campaign in Germany.
n June 4, President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated that the laying of the first line of the Nord Stream 2 was finished.
In December 2019, the U.S. introduced sanctions against the Nord Stream 2, and Swiss-Dutch company Allseas stopped works on the pipeline; Russian gas monopolist Gazprom decided to complete the works on their own production capacities.
On July 24, 2020, it became known that the U.S. Senate approved the draft defense budget with sanctions against the Russian Federation.
On October 20, the United States announced the expansion of sanctions on companies that provide services to ships laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
It is known that Germany does not intend to abandon Nord Stream 2 and considers it an economic project.