07:44, 19.08.21 – UNIAN
On July 21, the United States and Germany reached an agreement on Nord Stream-2.
Events in Afghanistan have dramatically changed the agenda of talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This was stated on Wednesday in Berlin by the official representative of the German government Steffen Seibert, quoted by DW .
Now the situation in Afghanistan will become one of the central topics of negotiations between the countries. The parties will also discuss the situation in Donbass and Belarus.
Seibert claims that the issue of maintaining gas transit through Ukraine is also important for Merkel.
Merkel will visit Putin on August 20 and then meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on August 22.
It was previously claimed that Berlin and Moscow were going to discuss Donbass and gas issues, including the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.
In Kyiv, the Chancellor will meet with Zelensky and Prime Minister Shmygal. At the same time, the president is going to present her with the Order of Freedom . Countries must raise economic issues and the course of reforms.
Germany participates in the peaceful process of resolving the situation in Donbass – is a member of the Normandy format of negotiations (Berlin, Kiev, Paris, Moscow).
Nord Stream-2 : What is known
On July 21, the United States and Germany reached an agreement on Nord Stream-2. Under the terms of the agreement, the parties promise to control Russia’s actions so that it does not use Nord Stream-2 for its own political purposes.
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. 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.
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 already 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.