During his working visit to Berlin, Minister of Energy of Ukraine Herman Galushchenko held a bilateral meeting with State Secretary for Economic, Finance and European Affairs at the German Federal Chancellery Jörg Kukies.
The parties emphasized the importance of green transformation and getting rid of dependence on russian energy resources, and discussed areas of cooperation in rebuilding the Ukrainian energy sector.
In particular, there is a huge potential for bilateral cooperation in the production and transportation of hydrogen. Germany is considering relevant projects, including the possible modernization of the Ukrainian gas transit system for hydrogen transportation.
The parties discussed the situation at the russia-occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP and emphasized the importance of adhering to the basic principles of nuclear and radiation safety. German Galushchenko underlined that russia should be held accountable for nuclear terrorism, committed by its military by shelling and de-energizing nuclear power plants in Ukraine. The response of civilized countries should be to exclude russia from the global nuclear technology market and expand sanctions.
The Ukrainian and German sides confirmed a consensus between the countries on the issue of imposing sanctions on the russian nuclear industry and discussed the Ukrainian experience of refusing russian nuclear fuel.
Separately, the Minister of Energy thanked Germany for its assistance to the Ukrainian energy sector. Ukraine has already received 55 cargoes of humanitarian aid from German partners in the form of energy equipment with a total weight of 423 tonnes. German Galushchenko also emphasized the importance of Germany's contribution to Ukraine Energy Support Fund, established under the Energy Community Secretariat, in the amount of EUR 129.5 million.