Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko held a telephone conversation with the German Chancellor Angels Merkel. The parties discussed the issues of security connected with the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, president’s press service reported.
It is also noted that the interlocutors discussed the situation in Donbas and joint efforts for the implementation of Minsk agreements.
“The Federal Chancellor informed the head of the Ukrainian state about the results of recent talks with the Russian president in Sochi,” the message said.
As it was reported earlier,
Russian gas transit through Ukraine will be continued after the establishment of the Nord Stream 2, if it is economically reasonable, as Vladimir Putin, Russia’s President, stated at the meeting with Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany. According to him, Russia has always considered the Nord Stream 2 as an economic project and Moscow is ready to conduct talks with the Ukrainian side on this issue.
Richard Grenell, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany has criticized the Nord Stream 2 project and claimed that the US is very concerned about it. Grenell has noted that the US closely works with the Europeans who share these concerns. He called the current strategy on the gas pipeline very problematic and he also warned Germany and Europe on the Russian influence through this project.
European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager has also criticized the Nord Stream 2. According to her, this project does not meet the European interests.
The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has begun in Germany on May 3. Not all countries have given the permission for it; at the same time, Ukraine and Poland protest against the construction as it can strengthen Russia’s positions as the gas monopolist in Europe.