The United States and Germany insist that gas transit through Ukraine continue after 2024.
Germany and the United States have officially agreed on Nord Stream-2 / photo by REUTERS
The United States and Germany have formally agreed to complete the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline by issuing a joint declaration.
The text of the document was published on the website of the German Foreign Ministry, reports TSN.
The declaration is entitled “Joint Statement of the United States and Germany in Support of Ukraine, European Energy Security and Our Climate Goals.”
It states that the countries are responsible for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
“The United States and Germany strongly support Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and the European path it has taken. Today, we reaffirm that we will take action against Russian aggression and Russian destructive activities in Ukraine and abroad,” the statement said.
Germany also promised to intensify its efforts in the Normandy format to ensure the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
The United States and Germany are committed to working together to respond to Russia’s aggression and destructive activities, including Russia’s attempts to use energy as a weapon.
“If Russia tries to use energy as a weapon or takes further aggressive action against Ukraine, Germany will act at the national level and call on the European Union to take effective measures, including sanctions that will limit Russia’s ability to export to Europe in the energy sector, including gas. , as well as apply effective measures in other economically important areas, “the declaration reads.
Countries want Russia not to use the pipeline to achieve aggressive political goals. They support the energy security of Ukraine, Central and Eastern Europe.
The United States and Germany agree that it is in the interests of Ukraine and Europe to continue the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine after 2024. Germany undertakes to use all available means of influence to allow the extension of the agreement with Russia on gas transit through Ukraine for up to ten years, and to appoint a special representative for this purpose. Negotiations on this issue should begin as soon as possible, but no later than 1 September.
In addition, Germany and the United States will encourage and support investments in the Green Fund for Ukraine of at least $ 1 billion.
Germany will initially add at least $ 175 million to the fund as a grant and will work to increase its contributions in the coming years, the declaration said.
Germany will continue to promote bilateral energy projects with Ukraine, in particular in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as support for the phasing out of coal. Germany to appoint special envoy to promote bilateral energy projects with Ukraine and allocate $ 70 million
The United States plans to advance the initiative with technical and strategic assistance in line with the Fund’s objectives.
Germany should launch a package of sustainability measures for Ukraine that will support Ukraine’s energy security. This includes efforts to secure and increase opportunities to reverse gas to Ukraine in order to fully protect Ukraine from potential future attempts by Russia to reduce gas supplies to the country.
In addition, Germany promises to assist Ukraine in cybersecurity, support efforts to reform Ukraine’s energy sector, and help develop options for modernizing Ukraine’s gas transportation systems.
As UNIAN reported, Ukraine has initiated consultations with the European Commission and Germany on Nord Stream-2. This was done after the official announcement of the agreement between Germany and the United States.
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