The Chairman of the Executive Board of Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz Yuriy Vitrenko doubts that Germany can guarantee the extension of the gas transit contract between Ukraine and Russia after 2024. He stated this in an interview with Voice of America.
“I don’t understand how Germany can guarantee gas transit through the territory of Ukraine if it doesn’t produce it, doesn’t supply gas from the territory of Russia,” Vitrenko said.
He added that theoretically, Russia could give such guarantees, but the question raises then "what is the price of these guarantees".
"Ukraine already had the Budapest Memorandum, which was supposed to be a security assurance. Budapest Memorandum No. 2 is not something attractive for us," Vitrenko said.
As it was reported earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that gas transit through Ukraine would continue after Nord Stream 2 launching. After the meeting with American leader Joe Biden, Merkel stressed that Nord Stream 2 should be a supplement to gas transfer through Ukraine, and not replace it entirely.
It was also reported that there is a Joint Statement of the US and Germany on Support for Ukraine, European Energy Security and Climate Goals in the context of the upcoming launch of Nord Stream 2 on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office. The statement talks about the need to continue Russian gas transit through Ukrainian territory after 2024. The American side insists that the agreement on gas transit through Ukrainian territory should be extended for up to ten years.