Ukrainian-German relations will always be close and partnering because they are based on common values and implementation of a number of important geopolitical and economic initiatives. This was stated by Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman in an interview with a German newspaper Die Zeit.
"Ukraine is currently playing an essential role in defending democracy in Europe and in countering the Russia’ aggression which has been waged on the entire world. Russia has invaded Ukraine because we see our future in Europe", Volodymyr Groysman said.
The Head of Government stressed that Ukraine is undergoing transformations and the Government of Germany is actively helping Ukraine on this path. However, there are also forces which are slowing down the processes of changes. "When you carry out reforms, you fight against the old system, against populism, against inefficiency," the Prime Minister underscored.
According to the Head of Government, the battle against external threats is also being carried out. Among them are Kremlin’s aggressive attempts to humiliate Ukraine's transit capabilities in favor of the Nord Stream 2 project.
"The Ukrainian gas transmission system was built for delivery of Russian gas to Europe. The capacity of the pipeline system is 146 billion cubic meters of gas per year. At present, 90 billion are being used. The system is reliable. We consider the construction of the Nord Stream 2 as follows: Russia wants to make Europe hostage to is gas, this idea is another hybrid weapon against Europe. As soon as energy market will be dependent on Russia, it will halt supplies. Can you specify any guarantee that Russia has given recently and respected it? We want to become a gas country that satisfies its own needs and exports. We can do it by 2025. And you can benefit from investing in Ukraine and getting energy from another source ", the Prime Minister underscored.