German government spokesman Steffen Seibert stated that it is extremely important for Berlin to maintain Ukraine's status as a gas transit country even after Nord Stream 2 is put into operation, as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports.
"For the German government it remains central that Ukraine should remain a transit country even after Nord Stream 2," government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement that Ukraine must show a good will if its wants Russian gas transit to Europe and related fees to remain has provoked irritation and criticism in Germany.
Germany expects Russia to adhere to an existing inter-governmental agreement committing it to sending gas via Ukraine.
"With their transit agreement, negotiated in part by the EU and Germany, Russia and Ukraine created the framework for this," he said. "We expect this agreement to be adhered to."
Meanwhile, President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated that the laying of the first line of the Nord Stream 2 has finished.
“2.5 hours ago, the laying of the pipelines of the first line of the Nord Stream 2 has successfully finished; the only thing remained is to raise a little the pipelines at the German and Russian sides and weld them together,” Putin said.