The administration of the President of the United States, Joe Biden and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday in a joint statement an agreement on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. As part of the agreement, the US is suspending sanctions on NS2, and Germany will invest in Ukrainian projects and undertake sanctions in the event of hostile actions Russia. On Wednesday evening, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a joint communiqué after the talks by the heads of diplomacy of Poland and Ukraine regarding Nord Stream 2.
According to a joint statement by Washington and Berlin, Germany is to initially invest at least $ 175 million in projects related to the “green transformation” of the Ukrainian energy sector. Together with the US, Germany is to promote and support investments worth at least $ 1 billion under the Green Fund for Ukraine.
Berlin also undertakes to use all possible measures and means to extend the Russian-Ukrainian gas transit agreement for a period of up to 10 years. The current agreement expires in 2024 and brings Ukraine around $ 3 billion annually.
Germany also promised that it would take government action against Russia, including through the EU, including sanctions if Russia uses gas transit as a coercive measure against Ukraine.
The joint statement also stated that “Germany is committed to increasing its commitment with the perspective of financially supporting the Three Seas Initiative projects in the fields of regional energy security and renewable energies.”
Germany has also announced that up to USD 1.77 billion will be allocated to projects of “common interest” in the energy sector under the EU budget for 2021-2027.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and Ukraine on Nord Stream 2
On Wednesday evening, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a joint announcement on its website after a telephone conversation between the head of Polish diplomacy Zbigniew Rau and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, in which it was emphasized that “the decision to build the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline, made in 2015 just months after the Russian invasion and the illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory, it has led to a security, credibility and political crisis in Europe. “
“At present, this crisis is significantly deepened by the abandonment of attempts to stop the launch of the NS2 pipeline. This decision created a threat to Ukraine and Central Europe in the political, military and energy dimensions, while strengthening Russia’s potential to destabilize the security situation in Europe and perpetuating divisions among states. members of NATO and the European Union “- reads the communiqué.
It was emphasized that “any credible attempt to compensate for the security deficit must be based on the observation of the negative consequences of this decision in three dimensions: political, military and energy”.
“Unfortunately, the current proposals to compensate for this deficit are superficial and cannot be considered sufficient to effectively limit the threats posed by NS2. We urge the US and Germany to take steps to find an adequate response to the emerging security crisis in our region. whose only beneficiary is Russia “, reads the joint communiqué of the Polish and Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It announced that “Poland and Ukraine will cooperate with their allies and partners to oppose NS2 until solutions to the security crisis caused by it are worked out, in order to provide support to countries aspiring to membership in Western democratic institutions and to reduce the threat to peace and energy security. “.
“Bad Situation and Bad Gas Pipeline”
Earlier on Wednesday, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland confirmed that the US had reached an agreement with Germany on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
Nuland spoke in the Senate during a hearing on policy towards Turkey. When asked about the Nord Stream 2 case, person number three in the US Ministry of Diplomacy confirmed earlier unofficial information that the US and Germany had concluded an agreement allowing the completion of the gas pipeline.
– This is a bad situation and a bad gas pipeline, but we have to help protect Ukraine and I think we have made some significant steps in this direction – said Nuland.
The spokesman of the State Department, Ned Price, also referred to the topic on Wednesday, stressing that the US still recognizes the Nord Stream 2 project as a geopolitical project of Russia, which is detrimental to both Germany, Ukraine and wider energy security. However, he added that President Joe Biden’s administration had concluded sanctions were unlikely to be able to stop the project.
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