GERMANY (OBSERVATORY) – Ukraine should continue to play a role in gas transit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, commenting on the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.
Merkel on Thursday held talks with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.
“We also discussed the project that affects both our countries, this is the” Nord Stream-2 “… We came to a common opinion that here, on the one hand, it is an economic project, and on the other, it certainly concerns Ukraine and its future. We have achieved a great unity in that Ukraine as a transit country should play a role in the future, and we will continue to work together in this direction, “Merkel said at a press conference following the meeting.
The Nord Stream-2 project involves the construction of two strings of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany, next to the operating Nord Stream. In March, the heads of the parliaments of Lithuania, Latvia and Poland signed a joint statement in Vilnius against the construction, saying that it is a geopolitical project based on a political decision to refuse the transit of gas through Ukraine. According to the media, this appeal was also signed by Ukraine and Moldova.
The permission to build the “Nord Stream – 2” has already been given by Germany. In early April, Finland agreed to implement the project.