Germany insists on the provision of the guarantees of the maintenance of gas transit through the territory of Ukraine after the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, made such statement during the meeting with Ukraine's parliament speaker Andriy Parubiy as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.
"We know that Ukraine rejects this project. I consider it less critical and stand for the guarantees for Ukraine to make Ukraine keep its transit role. I think these negotiations are held with Russia; the issue is about the creation of the transit agreement. We want Ukraine to stay an important transit country," Merkel said.
She also added that besides Nord Stream 2, there is also a Turkish stream.
"That means, the gas streams are extended from Russia to the EU but it does not mean that we want to leave Ukraine's transit role. I think the incomes from the gas transit are important for Ukraine's budget," Merkel added.
Head of the Ukrainian Parliament Andriy Parubiy urged Angela Merkel to study the arguments of Ukraine against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 in more detail.
"The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline can provide the rebalancing and risk for the security not only of Ukraine but the whole European area. I would like to ask to study the argument of the Ukrainian side in more detail," Parubiy noted.
Earlier Polish President Andrzej Duda urged the German government to give up on Nord Stream 2 construction. He insisted that the new pipeline would breach the current energy balance, posing danger to the energy safety of some countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
Putin claimed that the Russian Federation was ready to save the gas transit through Ukraine after the launch of the Nord Stream 2.
Gazprom and its partners intended to begin the realization of the Nord Stream 2 project, which costs ten billion dollars. It is expected that the 1200 km gas pipeline will be laid through the Baltic Sea, and will connect Russia and Germany passing Ukraine, Poland, and Baltic countries. The capacity of the gas pipeline will be twice increased than the first Nord Stream. The construction is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019.
Ukraine is adamantly opposed to the construction by calling it politically motivated and suggesting the EU to create a consortium with the involvement of European companies to manage the existing more efficient transportation route through Ukraine. A number of EU countries have expressed their disagreement with the Nord Stream 2 project in particular Poland and Lithuania.