Germany insists gas transit via Ukraine be continued after Nord Stream 2 launch

Germany insists gas transit via Ukraine be continued after Nord Stream 2 launch

Gas transit via Ukraine must be continued after the commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, German cabinet’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert said in a commentary published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.

"It has been of major significance for the German government that Ukraine should retain the status of a gas transit country even after the Nord Stream 2 launch. Having signed a transit contract that was reached with the EU’s and German government’s mediation, Russia and Ukraine outlined the way for that and sent an important signal concerning security of gas supplies to Europe," he stressed.

"And we expect that this joint package of agreements will be observed," TASS cited Seibert as saying.

Nord Stream 2 is an international project for the construction of a gas pipeline that will run across the bottom of the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast to Germany bypassing transit states, such as Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries.

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