Dmytro Kuleba: De-occupation of Crimea and Donbas Can be Only Compensation for Nord Stream 2 Launch

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Ukraine opposes the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, and the condition for its launch should be the de-occupation of Russian-occupied Ukrainian territories and Ukraine’s energy security.

“Nord Stream 2 is primarily a threat to Ukraine’s security, not just our economy. We are against NS2. The condition for its launch should be the de-occupation of our territories & energy security of Ukraine. Fair compensation for threats. I stated this in my Berlin talks last week,” Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba posted on Twitter, commenting on his visit to hold talks in Germany.

The day before, Die Welt German newspaper published an interview with Kuleba, in which he said that Ukraine was ready to negotiate compensation for the loss of gas transit revenues after the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

“If we are offered negotiations on compensation, we will consider it. But we will not necessarily agree to what we will be offered,” the minister said.

According to him, this gas pipeline poses a security threat to Ukraine. That is why Ukraine insists that the pipeline should be used as a lever to encourage the Russian Federation to play a constructive role in the peace process in eastern Ukraine.

Bohdan Marusyak

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