President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier has commented the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline at the German territory. He assures that the concerns of Ukraine are groundless. Steinmeier claimed this at the joint briefing with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.
'You should not accuse us even if we talk about the Nord Stream 2; we also talk about the future and safety of Ukraine. you have seen that Germany make the efforts to provide the transit of the natural gas through Ukraine and the meetings take place in the EU for this; I hope that they will yield the results in the future. The concerns of Ukraine that it will stop to be the transit state in the future are groundless', he said.
As we reported 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.
On May 18, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin met in Sochi. There Putin claimed that the transit of the Russian gas through Ukraine will be continued after the establishment of the Nord Stream 2 if it is economically reasonable.
At the same time, Angela Merkel stated that after the construction of the Nord Stream 2 Ukraine’s role as a transit state should be preserved.
Russia’s leading energy enterprise Gazprom and its partners intend to start implementing the Nord Stream-2 project worth almost 10 billion euros in April 2018. The 1,200-kilometers-long pipeline is to be laid through the Baltic Sea, linking Russia and Germany – bypassing Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic States. The capacity will be twice larger than that of Nord Stream-1. The construction is to be complete by late 2019.