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The USA and Germany have allowed Russia to complete the 'Nord Stream-2': what they promise to Ukraine

The United States and Germany have officially agreed to complete the construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The agreement did not forget about Ukraine either. What agreement did the countries come to? European truth.

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The text of the declaration, promulgated by the German Foreign Ministry, is called "A Joint Statement by the United States and Germany in Support of Ukraine, European Energy Security and Our Climate Goals."

In the document, the United States and Germany assure that they strongly support the sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence of Ukraine and its European path. They reaffirm the need to take action against Russian aggression and Russia's destructive actions in Ukraine, as well as abroad.

“The United States pledges its support for the efforts of Germany and France to achieve peace in eastern Ukraine within the Normandy format. Germany will step up its efforts within the framework of the Normandy format to ensure the implementation of the Minsk agreements, ”the declaration says.

The US and Germany are committed to working together in a recently established dialogue to ensure that the United States and the EU have the appropriate tools and mechanisms to respond to Russian aggression and Russian destructive activities, including Russian attempts to use gas as a weapon.

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“If Russia tries to use gas as a weapon or takes further aggressive actions against Ukraine, Germany will act at the national level and call on the European Union to take effective measures, including sanctions, to limit Russia's potential for exporting to Europe in the energy sector or take effective measures in other economically important areas, ”the document says.

The United States and Germany agree that it is in the interests of Ukraine and Europe to continue the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine after 2024.

According to this view, Germany undertakes to use all available means of influence to make it possible to extend the agreement with Russia on the transit of gas through Ukraine for up to ten years, and to appoint a special representative for this purpose.

It is noted that negotiations on this issue should begin as soon as possible, but no later than September 1.

Germany is committed to establishing and managing a Green Fund for Ukraine that will contribute to its energy transition, energy efficiency and energy security.

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Germany and the United States will seek to encourage and support at least $ 1 billion of Green Fund investments, including from third parties.

Germany will initially add at least $ 175 million to the fund in grant and will work to increase its contributions in the coming years, according to a joint statement.

The fund will promote the use of renewable energy sources, promote the development of hydrogen as an energy carrier, improve energy efficiency, accelerate the phase-out of coal and maintain carbon neutrality.

The United States plans to advance the initiative with technical and strategic assistance in line with the goals of the Fund.

In addition, Germany will continue to promote bilateral energy projects with Ukraine, especially in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as support for the phase-out of coal, the agreement also includes the appointment of a special envoy with dedicated funds of $ 70 million.

Germany is also ready to launch a package of resilience measures for Ukraine to support its energy security. This includes efforts to secure and enhance the ability to reverse gas to Ukraine with a view to fully protecting it from potential future attempts by Russia to reduce gas supplies to the country.

In addition, Germany will allow Ukraine to participate in its support and cooperation projects to develop and expand cyber capabilities, support efforts to reform the Ukrainian energy sector, and help develop options for modernizing Ukraine's gas transmission systems.

Ukraine and Poland reacted with a joint statement pledging that they will work with their allies and partners to counter the launch of Nord Stream 2 until solutions are developed to overcome the security of the pipeline crisis.

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