The United States and Germany are studying the issue of strengthening Ukraine’s energy sector due to the completion of the construction of the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline, Bloomberg reports, citing sources.
According to the agency, Washington and Berlin are also discussing the possibility of investments that will help Kyiv build its own power plants. In addition, Germany allegedly declared its readiness to hold negotiations with Russia on the extension of transit quotas for Ukraine.
According to the agency, the United States and Germany hope for a “reduction in geopolitical benefits” for Moscow after the completion of the construction of the “Nord stream-2,” and also plan to assist in the development of infrastructure and increase gas supplies from Ukraine.
The sources also mentioned another controversial idea, allegedly expressed at the consultations. According to them, the possibility of creating a special mechanism capable of stopping gas supplies via the “Nord stream-2” in case Russia tries to put pressure on Ukraine was discussed. However, Germany opposes this measure, and the United States, in turn, is not sure that such an idea can technically be translated into reality.
In addition, the agency’s interlocutors also report that officials expect to agree on the main provisions of these agreements for the planned visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the United States next month.