The U.S. and Germany have agreed that it is necessary to continue the transit of the Russian gas through the Ukrainian territory after 2024 in interests of Ukraine and Europe, as the Foreign Ministry of Germany reports.
“In line with this belief, Germany commits to utilize all available leverage to facilitate an extension of up to 10 years to Ukraine’s gas Transit agreement with Russia, including appointing a special envoy to support those negotiations,” the message says.
The talks should start as soon as possible, not later than September 1. The U.S. commits to fully support these efforts.
The document notes the possibility of sanctions against Russia, including restrictions for export of the energy source materials, in case if Moscow tries to use the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a weapon against Ukraine.
As we reported, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor confirmed her country's stance on keeping the gas transit across Ukraine after the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is launched.
Later, she added that the Nord Stream 2 should complement, not completely replace, gas transit through Ukraine, as another scenario will cause tensions.