Germany finds the provision of the guarantees by Russia on the keeping of the gas transit through Ukraine after the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline necessary. Ernst Reichel, the Ambassador of Germany to Ukraine claimed this as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
‘As Chancellor Merkel said, we need clarity from Russia that they will continue to use Ukrainian gas transporting system. The discussion on this issue continues. We need the guarantees that we can rely on. We need to see in which form it will be done’, he said.
According to Reichel, Merkel discussed this issue with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
‘We need to wait what could be of this, which response from Russia we will get’, he added.
German’s ambassador also noted that it is necessary to put efforts to minimize the risks for Ukraine connected to the construction of the Nord Stream 2.
‘The objections, particularly of Ukraine, concern the fact that the gas pipeline can make unnecessary the transit through its territory. So, if we avoid these consequences, we will do the future of Ukraine better. It is what we aim to. The investments of the foreign companies into the Ukrainian gas transporting system is the part of this’, Reichel emphasized.
Also, he expressed the confidence that the US will not impose the sanctions against the European companies participating in the Nord Stream 2.
‘It will be quite unusual for the friends and allies, if the US imposes sanctions against companies involved in the business beyond the US and based in the countries-allies, such as France and Germany. I am sure that it will not take place and we will com the decision that respects the legal interests of Ukraine on the transit through its territory and possibly will make the discussion more rational than it was’.
Earlier it was reported that all necessary permits needed for the project have also been received in Germany. The national permitting procedures in the other three countries along the route – Russia, Sweden and Denmark – are proceeding as planned.
Russia’s leading energy enterprise Gazprom and its partners intend to start implementing the Nord Stream-2 project worth almost 10 billion euros in April 2018. The 1,200-kilometers-long pipeline is to be laid through the Baltic Sea, linking Russia and Germany – bypassing Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic States. The capacity will be twice larger than that of Nord Stream-1. The construction is to be complete by late 2019.