German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Ukraine should remain a transit country for Russian natural gas exports.
She made these comments during her visit to European capitals, before leaving the post of chancellor.
“I have made it clear that our concern is for Ukraine to continue to be a transit country for Russian gas,” Merkel told a joint news conference with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on September 11 in Warsaw.
Merkel will step down as chancellor following the September 26 election. She has held this post for 16 years.
In recent weeks, Merkel has reached an agreement with the administration of US President Joe Biden that will allow Russia to complete the controversial project to bring natural gas to Germany.
The pipeline, known as “North Stream 2”, will bring gas under the Baltic Sea, depriving Kiev of almost $ 2 billion a year in export transit.
This project has divided Europe. Ukraine and Poland oppose it after citing threats to national security, but Merkel has continued to support the Russian pipeline project.
Meanwhile, Merkel’s European tour will continue next week, where she will stay in Serbia, Albania and France.
On September 14, Merkel will stay in Tirana where she will meet with the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama. Also, during her stay in Tirana, she will discuss regional cooperation with the six heads of government in the region.
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