TASS, may 18. Germany is convinced of the need to preserve Ukraine’s role as gas transit country. This was announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
She also suggested to think about guarantees of transit of gas through territory of Ukraine.
“We consider “Northern stream – 2″ in General as an economic project,” she said. Nevertheless, according to Merkel, “you should take care what guarantees to Ukraine in this respect.”
“Nord stream – 2” project expansion of the existing gas pipeline “Nord stream”, linking Russia and Germany under the Baltic sea bypassing transit countries: Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries. The pipeline generally follows the route of the “Nord stream” will pass through the exclusive economic zone and territorial waters of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Its length will exceed 1.2 thousand km and a throughput capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year.