US acquainted Ukraine with the content of the agreement on Nord Stream-2 before its signing – State Department
US consultations with Ukraine and Poland on this Russian gas pipeline are ongoing and will continue in the future.The State Department stated that it “intensively cooperated with Ukraine” on Nord Stream-2 / photo REUTERS
The US State Department says it has held many consultations with Ukraine on a Nord Stream-2 agreement with Germany .
This was during the briefing said the speaker of the State Department Ned Price, transfers lb.ua .
According to him, “more than a dozen consultations” were held with Ukrainians.
“I can tell you that they were familiar with the contents of this package. They helped to communicate the contents of this package long before Monday (when State Department adviser Derek Scholle arrived in Ukraine . – Ed.). These meetings were frequent and lasted for many weeks.” Said Price.
According to him, consultations with Ukraine and Poland are ongoing now and will continue in the future.
Earlier, at a briefing at the State Department, it was stated that Washington allegedly “cooperated intensively with Ukraine during all diplomatic efforts so that Moscow could not turn Nord Stream-2 into a weapon.” This interaction with the Ukrainian side took place on several levels, the State Department stressed at the time.
Today, July 22, the US Embassy in Ukraine issued a joint statement by the US and Germany on support for Ukraine, European energy security and common climate goals.
According to the agreements, the United States and Germany promise not to allow Russia to use energy as a weapon against Ukraine.
Germany intends to appoint a Special Envoy to support negotiations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the continuation of the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine to Europe for up to 10 years.
Germany will establish a “Green Fund” for Ukraine and will encourage foreign investment of up to $ 1 billion. Germany also intends to develop bilateral energy projects with Ukraine.
In response, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Ukraine was initiating consultations with the European Commission and Germany because of the security threat posed by the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.
Nord Stream-2: what is known
- The Nord Stream 2 project envisages the construction and operation of two branches of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The founder of Nord Stream 2 AG is Russia’s Gazprom. The project is funded by European companies – French Engie, Austrian OMV, British-Dutch Shell, German Uniper and Wintershall.
- The Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline has already been built by 98%. The new pipeline bypassing Ukraine was planned to be completed by the end of 2019, along with the existing Nord Stream-1.
- Construction of the pipeline was suspended due to US sanctions against contractors, but resumed in February 2021. Nord Stream 2 AG decided to complete it on their own.
- (C)UNIAN 2021