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 Germany’s Merkel on Nord Stream 2: "No way Ukraine can lose status of state transiting Russian gas"

During a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that it would be impossible to implement the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project without Ukraine’s future role in gas transit being determined.

Spokesperson for the president of Ukraine Sviatoslav Tseholko wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports.

"There is no way Ukraine can lose the status of the state transiting Russian gas," Tseholko quoted the chancellor as saying.

Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline project intended to secure the transport of natural gas from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea, bypassing transit countries.

On March 27, 2017, Naftohaz Ukrainy filed a claim to the European Court of Justice demanding European Commission to revoke its decision of Oct. 28, 2016 which allows the Russian Gazprom to significantly increase the use of OPAL gas pipeline and boost gas deliveries through the Nord Stream.

In December 2016, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Polish President Andrzej Duda made joint statement calling to review the European Commission's decision, which provided Gazprom the opportunity to increase gas supplies to Europe bypassing Ukraine.

The OPAL gas pipeline connects the offshore Nord Stream pipeline with the gas infrastructure of the Czech Republic. It started operating in 2011.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3060453