Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone talk on July 21. They discussed a number of issues tied with Donbas's situation and energy sphere as Merkel’s Chancellery reported.
“The phone talk concerned the fulfillment of the Minsk Agreement for peaceful settlement of the conflict in the east of Ukraine. Besides, such energy issues as the transit of gas through Ukraine and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline were discussed,” the message says.
Kremlin specified that the talk between Putin and Merkel took place on the initiative of the German side.
“The leaders are satisfied with the coming completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The president of Russia noted the consistent commitment of the German side to the implementation of this project that has only commercial nature and it aims to enhance the energy security of Germany and the EU,” Putin’s press service reported.
Putin and Merkel also discussed the possibility of extension the agreement between Gazprom and Naftogaz-Ukraine on transportation of gas through the Ukrainian territory after 2024.
The Russian president paid special attention to the law On core nations adopted by the Ukrainian parliament during the discussion of the armed conflict in Donbas.
It was also specified that it is necessary to fulfill Minsk Agreements 2015.
As we reported, 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.
Earlier, it was reported that the U.S. and Germany are about to make a deal on Nord Stream 2, which can foresee sanctions and other measures against Russia if it tries to use energy as a weapon against Ukraine.