Kuleba supports discussion of Nord Stream 2 in Normandy format

He recalled that work is now underway to try organize a summit of leaders of countries, which Angela Merkel is ready to hold while still in the status of German Chancellor.

Kuleba noted that during the meeting of the UN General Assembly, his German and French colleagues Heiko Maas and Jean-Yves Le Drian wanted to hold a meeting of the Normandy Four foreign ministers, but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “, as always, did not find the time and opportunity.” …

“Therefore, the situation is uncertain. If we were to hold a meeting of ministers, I would certainly take the opportunity of the meeting and raise the topic of how the gas crisis affects the security situation in Ukraine and in Europe as a whole,” the minister added.

The Foreign Minister stressed that the current gas crisis in Europe artificially created by Russia.

“Gas is politics and security. You can’t look at gas in Europe exclusively from an economic point of view. Whatever gas issue you take, there is always big politics. The argument that a certain project is purely economic does not” take off “because not a single gas project in Europe is purely economic. It is always a matter of political choice, “Kuleba stressed.

He also noted that “Ukrainian transit is not killing Turkish Stream, but Nord Stream 2.”

Context:

Nord Stream 2 is supposed to link Russia with Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Its construction fully completed, the Russian corporation Gazprom said on September 10. Olena Zerkal, Advisor to the Minister of Energy of Ukraine, said on September 7 that the gas pipeline not certified yet… The procedure stipulates that the launch of Nord Stream 2 must be approved by the European Commission, said Yuriy Vitrenko, chairman of the board of NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy.

The authorities of Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia consider “Nord Stream 2” a threat to Europe’s energy security.

Joe Biden’s Administration opposed construction gas pipeline, but at the end of May this year the head of the White House called “counterproductive” from the point of view of relations with Europe, the introduction of new sanctions against Nord Stream 2, since the gas pipeline is “practically finished.”

Germany and the United States reported on July 21 that signed an agreement on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipelineGermany promised that it would apply national sanctions against Russia and call for effective EU measures if the Russian Federation will continue to use gas as an instrument of pressure on other countries or “will commit further aggressive actions against Ukraine.” According to the agreement, transit through Ukraine after the commissioning of the gas pipeline must be renewed for 10 years (the current transit contract ends in 2024).

Supreme Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany 25 August ordered the pipeline operator be independent from Gazprom and adhere to European legislation. General Director of the “Operator GTS of Ukraine” Serhiy Makogon said that this is “exactly what Ukraine insists on”.

Lavrov said on September 15 that the German regulator could issue gas pipeline launch permit Nord Stream 2 by early 2022.

Gazprom announced on October 4 that began filling the first string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with gas.

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