President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky commented on the probable meeting between US Presidents Joe Biden and Russian President Volodymyr Putin.
"As for the probable meeting of the presidents of the United States and Russia. What are the risks I see? First, I think this meeting is necessary. It is up to them to decide, but still. Second, President Biden knows my position. We discussed it with the US Secretary of State that they will discuss Ukrainian issues only in the space and in the agenda that they will agree with us before," Zelensky said during a press conference on the second anniversary of the election.
According to him, the big risk is that the United States may lift sanctions imposed on Nord Stream 2.
"I think it will be a loss to the United States, I think it will be a personal loss to President Biden. I say it openly, frankly, it will be a serious geopolitical victory for Russia and a new redistribution of power and influence. I know different opinions about it I know that even opinions are divided in the Senate and the US Congress, I know that there is no common position and opinion, this is a serious game, it is not just energy security, the US can go for it if they exchange, sorry for such a word, for something very, very serious. And I am confused by this situation, I will tell you frankly," Zelensky said.
As it was reported, on May 21, the Verkhovna Rada will consider an appeal to the United States to impose sanctions on the company building Nord Stream 2.
Currently, the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline continues in Danish waters but the works are almost finished. 13.9 km of the first line and 16.8 km of the second line of the pipeline should be laid in the German waters. The project is finished by 95%.
At the beginning of May, the German environmental non-governmental organization (NABU) filed a lawsuit with the Hamburg Administrative Court against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The construction was suspended.
On April 13, another German environmental organization, Deutsche Umwelthilfe, also filed a complaint with the court demanding to cancel the regulator's decision to authorize the construction of Nord Stream 2 in the waters of the Federal Republic of Germany.
In December 2019, the U.S. introduced sanctions against the Nord Stream II, and Swiss-Dutch company Allseas stopped works on the pipeline; Russian gas monopolist Gazprom decided to complete the works on their own production capacities.