Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Ukraine was exerting "only friendly pressure" on its partners to prevent the launch of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He said this at the briefing.
"For today, Ukraine's position remains unchanged. We see that the partners hear what we tell them, hear the proposals we make. But the decision has not yet been made. We will continue negotiations, continue such friendly, only friendly pressure on partners because I emphasize again, it is time to move from verbal assurances to certain guarantees. Moreover, we see that Russia has moved to actions in the European gas market, raising gas prices, using the effect of market unpredictability and agiotage due to deficit," Kuleba said.
Kuleba noted that Germany and the United States must act now, especially given the spike in gas prices in the European market.
"Ukraine is ready to act together with them. And not only Ukraine but also other Central European countries," the minister added.
Earlier, it was reported that the construction of the Russian gas pipeline was Nord Stream 2 was completed. The operator of the Nord Stream 2 project wants to put the gas pipeline into operation by the end of 2021.
Work on laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline began in 2018. Its length is 1,230 km. The pipeline is expected to annually supply 55 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. According to the operator, this could provide 26 million households with natural gas.
The value of the Nord Stream 2 project is over 10 billion euros. The construction of the gas pipeline line was half financed by the Russian energy giant Gazprom, and half by five European companies - OMV, Wintershall Dea, Engie, Uniper and Shell.