German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz promised that Berlin would promote the extension of the agreement with the Russian Federation on gas transit through Ukraine. Scholz said this on Friday in an interview with Bloomberg.
“We work very hard to make sure that the gas transit agreement between Ukraine and Russia is prolonged. We feel responsible for the gas transit business of Ukraine, even in the future -not just the next two, three years but in the next decades,” Scholz said.
According to the German government, the current agreement between Kyiv and Moscow is valid until at least 2024, with the possibility of extending it until 2034.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken assured that Washington together with Berlin are working to prevent Russia from using the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a coercive tool against Ukraine and other Eastern European countries.
"We’re taking very concrete steps to make sure that Russia cannot use this pipeline as a coercive tool, as a weapon against Ukraine, against other countries in Eastern Europe, for that matter, against Europe itself by the very dependence that unfortunately is being increased on Russian oil and gas," Blinken said.