Zelensky to discuss with Merkel guarantees after Nord Stream 2 launch

Source : 112 Ukraine

The leaders will also discuss the security situation in Donbas
19:12, 11 August 2021

Zelensky meets Merkel at briefing in Berlin, June 18, 2019

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss guarantees after the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline during her visit to Ukraine. This was announced by president’s Spokesman Serhiy Nikiforov at a briefing.

"Zelensky and Merkel will talk about how Germany will guarantee the fulfillment of the commitments it made in the event of the launch of Nord Stream 2. More precisely, if Russia tries to abuse its monopoly position in any way after the launch of the gas pipeline," he said.

However, Nikiforov added that the leaders will discuss the security situation in Donbas and how to resume peace talks, as well as bilateral relations.

Related: U.S., European lawmakers sign statement criticizing Nord Stream 2 agreement

"Germany is our key partner in Europe in politics, economy, trade, industry and energy. The potential for strengthening these relations is great. I want to emphasize that Angela Merkel's visit to Ukraine proves that current major security issues in Europe will not be resolved without Ukraine and without direct talks with Ukrainian president, "Nikiforov said.

Earlier, it was reported that Merkel would visit Kyiv on August 22 for negotiations with Zelensky. In early July, Zelensky came to Germany with a working visit, during which he met with Merkel. The two politicians discussed the launch of Nord Stream 2, Germany's role in the Normandy Format and bringing peace to Donbas.

Related: Germany not to stop Nord Stream 2 if Russia uses it as weapon

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