Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk had a meeting with Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas. The main topics for discussion were energy security, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, as well as economic cooperation.
The Head of the Ukrainian Government emphasized that Ukraine hopes for full implementation of the amendments to the Third Energy Package in the German legislation, as well as the corresponding activity of the independent regulator of Germany regarding gas pipelines that connect Germany with third parties.
"However, we are receiving alarming messages about the possible exclusion of the Nord Stream 2 from the EU Consensus Directive by a German independent regulator. I consider such a scenario unacceptable."
Oleksiy Goncharuk added that Ukraine intends to "protect the provisions of the European energy law together with our European partners". In case of preferential excluding of the gas pipeline from the EU Gas Directives, Gazprom is provided an opportunity to abuse its monopoly position", the Prime Minister emphasized. "Ukraine is interested in a strong Europe and we will exert every effort in a bid to ensure that the European idea, European values are strong and they cannot be harmed by any manipulation."
Oleksiy Goncharuk is convinced that Nord Stream 2 is a political rather than business project aimed at strengthening the Russian influence on European countries.
The Prime Minister also noted that ahead there are difficult negotiations on gas transit: "We count on the support of Germany and that participation in the consultations will help to continue the transit of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine on reasonable terms and basing on European practices."
Moreover, the Head of Ukrainian Government assured of the consistency of the European and Euro-Atlantic integration course of Ukraine and added that the cooperation between the two countries would only enhance. Oleksiy Honcharuk stressed that the Government will do everything in its power to protect investments in the Ukrainian economy. He believes good signals for business would be the resumption of the work of the High Level Group between the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs of Germany and the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine as well as the holding of the fourth Ukrainian-German Economic Forum in June 2020 with the participation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The Prime Minister emphasized that Germany is one of the key partners and Ukraine appreciates the large-scale assistance provided to our country. He thanked the German side for the support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.