German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that the Normandy Four countries may discuss energy issues at the next meeting of the leaders, but they are not part of the Minsk settlement process.
Before the meeting with Merkel, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said that the issue of Nord Stream 2 should be discussed in the Normandy format.
“We talked about energy issues, formally they do not belong to the Normandy format and the implementation of the Minsk agreements, but Germany and France are partners of Ukraine on other issues. This means that we are not talking about gas in the Normandy format now, but when and if the four of us meet again, then the topic of energy will be important for us, but this is not part of the Minsk format. And without this, this is a rather complicated issue, but Germany and France have the same position that Ukraine should remain a gas transit country, “ she said before a meeting with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
She added that she will discuss the issue of gas transit through Ukraine with US President Joe Biden during a visit to Washington this week.