Kremlin: Putin & Merkel satisfied with the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with the Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel at her initiative.
(The Nord Stream 2 Pipeline will transport natural gas into the European Union to enhance the security of supply, support climate goals and strengthen the internal energy market.
The EU’s domestic gas production is in rapid decline. To meet demand, the EU needs reliable, affordable, and sustainable new gas supplies. The Nord Stream 2 Pipeline will provide this by transporting gas from the world’s largest reserves in Russia to the EU internal market.
The company says: Thanks to the increasingly integrated and interconnected nature of the EU internal gas market, Nord Stream 2 is a project that could benefit all of Europe. The offshore pipeline will be connected to the EU internal market at the German landfall, from which gas will flow anywhere it is needed in the EU, at prices set by the market. Furthermore, the privately financed project is providing important economic stimulus by bringing over 1,000 companies from 25 countries into the planning, engineering, and construction of the pipeline system)
The leaders are satisfied with the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is nearing completion. The President of Russia noted Germany’s consistent commitment to implementing this project, which is strictly a commercial venture and is designed to enhance the energy security of Germany and the rest of the EU. Ms. Merkel told Mr. Putin about the discussion on the developments around the pipeline project with US President Joseph Biden in Washington. Vladimir Putin made his own comments on this subject.
As a separate issue, the President of Russia and the Chancellor of Germany discussed the opportunity to extend the agreement between Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukraine on transporting gas via Ukrainian territory after 2024 as well.
Exchanging views on the domestic Ukrainian crisis, in part, in the context of Ms. Merkel’s meeting with President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky in Berlin on July 12, the President of Russia focused on the markedly discriminatory law On the Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine that was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada. It was also emphasized that Kyiv must strictly fulfill the 2015 Minsk Package of Measures.
Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel agreed to continue their personal contacts.
In a statement, Whitehouse spokeswomen Jen Psaki has said: President Biden looks forward to welcoming President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine to the White House on August 30, 2021. The visit will affirm the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea, our close cooperation on energy security, and our backing for President Zelenskyy’s efforts to tackle corruption and implement a reform agenda based on our shared democratic values.
In reply to a question – Quickly, I have a follow-up on Nord Stream. Is the Zelenskyy visit a part of that deal in terms of, you know, giving them a visit as part of the concessions to Ukraine?
Ms. Psaki I: No. No. They’re unrelated. We have long been in touch with the Ukrainians about scheduling a visit. it was during the Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jen Psaki Aboard Air Force One En Route Cincinnati, Ohio.
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