“The Federal government, today (August 18), has appointed Georg Waldersee as Special Representative of the Federal government on the transit of gas through of Ukraine. By the joint declaration of the U.S. and Germany in the support of Ukraine, European energy security, and our climate goals dated July 21, Germany has committed itself to appoint the special representative,” the message says.
It is noted that the commissioner will facilitate the development of the talks between the sides on the extension of the contract on the supply of gas through Ukraine, as well as navigate the negotiation process.
The Ministry of Economy and Energy of Germany also noted that in 2019, the government of Germany held the accompaniment of the trilateral talks between the EU, Russia, and Ukraine on the extension of the transit of the Russian gas through Ukraine headed by Waldersee as the special representative on gas transit through Ukraine.
“With the appointment of Waldersee as the special representative, the Federal government will stand for extension of the agreement on the gas transit between Ukraine and Russia for 10 years to extend the gas transit through Ukraine after the end of the current agreement on transit on December 31, 2024,” the ministry added.
On July 21, the U.S. and Germany made a joint statement in support of Ukraine, European energy security, and climate goals on the results of the talks on prospects of the launch of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
The same day, Ukraine initiated consultations with the European Commission and Germany regarding Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which threatens the security of Ukraine and violates the principles of diversification of the EU Energy Union.
The U.S. and Germany agreed that it is necessary to continue the transit of Russian gas via Ukrainian territory after 2024 in interests of Ukraine and Europe.