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. The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reported this.
“On the first day of my visit to Berlin, I had difficult negotiations on Nord Stream 2 and the Normandy Format. In both cases, the rule is: nothing is finally agreed until everything is agreed. But the atmosphere was constructive. Germany is a friend which has helped Ukraine a lot, and with which it is possible to solve even the most difficult problems,” Kuleba said.
Strengthening the Energy Partnership between Ukraine and Germany was the focus of the meeting with State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Andreas Feicht. A separate topic was the threats of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Kuleba once again stressed that this project not only undermines the energy security of Ukraine and Europe but also splits the allies, so Ukraine continues to oppose its launch.
During Kuleba's talks with foreign policy advisor to Chancellor Jan Hecker, the risks of Nord Stream 2 and the continued functioning of the Normandy format were also two key topics.
In total, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy held seven meetings with senior German officials that day, including Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble, Vice-Chancellor, Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, Bundestag Foreign and Committees Chairman Norbert Röttgen and Gunther Krichbaum, Secretary of State, Head of the Office of the Federal President of Germany Stephan Steinlein.
As it was reported, on 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.