World Nord Stream 2 - a burden on German-Ukrainian relations?

04:05  13 july  2021
04:05  13 july  2021 Source:   dw.com

Merkel Leaves Biden With Nord Stream 2 Headache As Fears Remain About Russia

  Merkel Leaves Biden With Nord Stream 2 Headache As Fears Remain About Russia The German chancellor and the president have not settled their differences over the gas pipeline.Biden's comments at Thursday's press conference during Merkel's likely last visit to the White House referred, in particular, to defending NATO against the threat posed by Moscow.

The gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 was a determining theme at the meeting of Chancellor Merkel with the Ukrainian head of state Selenskyj. Whether that is satisfied with the Preserves of Chancellor?

Ein konzentrierter Zuhörer der Kanzlerin: der ukrainische Präsident Selenskyj © Stefanie Loos / AP Photo / Picture Alliance A concentrated listener of Chancellor: The Ukrainian President Selensky

The Federal Government will be after the words of Chancellor Angela Merkel also after completing the controversial gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 from Russia to Germany Make Ukrainian energy security. "I care to keep my promises, and I believe that this applies to every other German Chancellor," said Merkel in a common press rate with the Ukrainian head of state Wolodymyr Selenskyj in the Berlin Chancellery .

Merkel visits White House in swan song

  Merkel visits White House in swan song Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the White House in her diplomatic swan song Thursday, underlining how important the veteran German leader has been to the transatlantic relationship, but also highlighting the unanswered questions she leaves behind. The White House insists this is "very much a working visit," rather than a ceremonial farewell for the woman widely seen as Europe's steadiest leader during almost 16 years at the helm of the continent's biggest economy. She and Biden will discuss climate change, Covid-19 vaccine distribution, and the future of Afghanistan now that US, German and other foreign troops are leaving.

The Ukrainian head of state called the German-Russian pipeline project as a "big threat" for his country. Ukraine fears, among other things, the loss of transit fees, but also an Russian gas blockade when the Baltic Sea pipeline should go into operation.

Safety up to 2024

Video: Flashing to North Stream 2: "Something is coming to friends" (AFP)

Germany take the concerns of Ukraine because of the pipeline, which should deliver Russian natural gas through the Baltic Sea directly to Germany, " very seriously". An EU-negotiated gas transit agreement guarantees Ukraine to stay up to 2024 transit country for European natural gas imports.

Russia is aware that for the EU, the transite issue by Ukraine "belongs to the whole gas portfolio," Merkel said. The EU will prevail this by 2024 and Germany also "for the future". "I think we are not without power," emphasized Merkel. "We promised that of Ukraine, and we'll keep it that too."

Biden As a conflict solver

Nord Stream 2 has been causing tensions within Europe for years, but also between Berlin and Washington. The theme Gastransit will also play a role at your meeting with US President Joe Biden this week in Washington, Merkel said. biden is extremely critical to the North Stream 2 project compared to . The US fears a stronger dependence on Europe of Russian gas and economic damage for the traditional transit countries for Russian gas, especially for Ukraine.

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Russia Says Its Ties to China Are Now Closer Than Any Cold War Military Alliance .
"Both sides voiced a positive assessment of the dynamics of the development of Russian-Chinese relations," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Thursday on the sidelines of the "Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and Opportunities" international conference in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent.

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