Head of Naftogaz: Kiev will Insist on Sanctions Against Nord Stream 2
OREANDA-NEWS. Ukraine will insist on the need to impose sanctions against the operator of the Nord Stream 2 project, Yuriy Vitrenko, Chairman of the Board of the National Joint Stock Company Naftogaz of Ukraine, told journalists in Washington on Friday.
Earlier, Germany and the United States published a joint statement, which refers to measures to support Ukraine, European energy security and common goals to protect the climate. It formulates a number of conditions for the operation of Nord Stream 2. In particular, the United States and Germany stated that in the interests of Ukraine and Europe to continue the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine after 2024, Berlin undertakes to use all available levers to facilitate the extension of the gas transit agreement between Ukraine and Russia for up to 10 years, including the appointment of a special an envoy to support these negotiations in order to start them as soon as possible, but no later than September 1, 2021. In particular, Germany is committed to seeking sanctions against Russia if it uses energy as a weapon against European countries.
“We have carefully read the joint statement of the American administration and the German government. We see that the problems and challenges facing Ukraine, primarily in terms of security, remain, at least for now, unanswered. Therefore, we continue to explain that while Russia, Putin uses gas as a geopolitical weapon - until then, American sanctions, without exception, should be applied, in particular, against Nord Stream AG and other key participants in this project, "Vitrenko is quoteв by the company's press service.
He added that the issue of threats posed by the launch of the project will be discussed during the visit of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the United States at the end of August.
According to him, there are now enough tools to stop Nord Stream 2.
The chairman of the board of Naftogaz Ukrainy stressed that the latest negotiations indicate significant support for Ukraine's position among American senators and congressmen.