Merkel, Biden Discuss Maintaining Gas Transit Through Ukraine


German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks with U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the G7 summit.

The leaders of the two countries briefly discussed the future of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as well as the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine.

After the meeting, the Chancellor stressed that it was important for both her and the President of the United States that the transit of gas through the territory of Ukraine be maintained after the launch of Nord Stream 2.

“You know that German experts are negotiating with the U.S. Government. We believe that we are finding a good way… It is vital that Ukraine remains a gas transit country,” Merkel said.

She also added that Biden’s upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as the NATO summit and the situation in Afghanistan, had been discussed during the conversation with the American leader.

According to official information, the German Chancellor will visit the United States on 15 July and will meet again with the U.S. President for a more in-depth conversation. The parties plan to discuss, in particular, international security, the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and climate protection.

It will be recalled that the United States, Ukraine, and the Baltic states actively oppose the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, fearing that the Russian Federation will boost its influence in the European energy market. Washington has imposed a series of sanctions on companies involved in building the pipeline. At the same time, the German government supports the idea of ​​completing Nord Stream 2, although the country has many critics of the project.

Earlier, the U.S. Department of State said that the country would do everything possible to prevent Nord Stream 2 from becoming a political weapon of Moscow.

Bohdan Marusyak

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