Germany has appointed a gas transit commissioner to Ukraine

The German government promises to make efforts to “extend the gas transit agreement between Ukraine and Russia for up to 10 years.”The Special Commissioner must reach a compromise between Ukraine and Russia / photo REUTERSThe Special Commissioner must reach a compromise between Ukraine and Russia / photo REUTERS

Germany has appointed a commissioner for gas transit through the territory of Ukraine .

He became Georg Waldersee, reports DW with reference to the Ministry of Economy and Energy of Germany.

It is noted that in this way the German government is fulfilling its obligations under the agreement with the United States to resolve the dispute over Russia’s Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.

Waldersee has previously served as the German government’s commissioner for gas transit to Ukraine in 2019. Negotiations on the extension of the transit contract then continued.

The German government promises to make efforts to “extend the gas transit agreement between Ukraine and Russia for up to 10 years.” The current contract expires at the end of 2024.

Waldersee will act as a mediator and consultant for Ukraine, Russia, the European Commission, the United States and third countries to achieve the extension of the gas transit contract, which will meet the interests of all parties. In particular, it must reach a compromise between the parties.

The position of the Commissioner has been created within the structure of the Ministry of Economy and Energy, but he will also cooperate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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 is already 95% built. 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 its own.
  • Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov stated that Ukrainian diplomats are doing everything possible to stop the launch of Nord Stream-2. According to him, it is difficult to hinder this project, as there are powerful players in Europe who are interested in cooperating with Russia.
  • Zelensky is convinced that after the launch of Nord Stream 2, Russia will make every effort not to extend the current contract for gas transit through Ukraine.

Author: Alexander Topchiy

(C)UNIAN 2021

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