German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, during which energy issues were discussed, in particular the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and gas transit through Ukraine, as well as the implementation of the Minsk agreements on the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas. This was reported to journalists on Wednesday by the representative of the German government Ulrike Demmer.
“During the telephone conversation, they discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements on the peaceful settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. In addition, the topic of the conversation was energy issues, such as gas transit through Ukraine and the Nord Stream 2 pipelines, “she noted.
Demmer added that “ bilateral issues were also discussed.”
Earlier on Wednesday, US Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, speaking at a hearing in the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee of the Congress, announced that Washington and Berlin had reached an agreement on the Nord Stream 2. She claimed that Germany, in particular, had committed itself to work out pan-European sanctions against Moscow in the event of Russia’s aggressive steps against Ukraine. In addition, Nuland noted that Berlin, as part of the deal with Washington on the Nord Stream 2, agreed to support the extension of the energy transit agreement between Moscow and Kyiv, which expires in 2024.