Sumary of Merkel defends U.S. Nord Stream 2 deal as Ukraine cries foul:
- OPPOSITION Kyiv had wanted the project stopped altogether and had cited Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea and its backing for pro-Russian separatists in a conflict in eastern Ukraine as grounds for not trusting Moscow.
- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told reporters on Thursday the U.S.-German deal was too weak.
- “There is a fundamental problem … it is still unclear to us whether Russia is ready to fulfill its obligations and its part properly when it comes to the energy security of Ukraine and the preservation of Ukraine’s role as a transit state,” Kuleba said.
- Article content Ukraine has started official consultations with the European Union and Germany about Nord Stream 2. Kuleba’s predecessor, Pavlo Klimkin, said he feared Ukraine was being sidelined.
- ” The Kremlin gave a mixed welcome to the U.S.-German deal, saying it disagreed with some of the language used about Russia and that Moscow had never used energy as a geopolitical weapon.
- “Russia has always been and remains a responsible guarantor of energy security on the European continent, or I would even say on a wider, global scale,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
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