Merkel demands gas flow through Ukraine after Nord Stream 2

In an effort to quell geopolitical concerns about Russian-German natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, the German chancellor insists that Europe make sure eastern gas continues to flow through Ukraine even after the new connection bypassing the country commissions.

Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe will do everything in its power to ensure that gas supplies continue to flow through Ukraine even after the construction of the disputed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Germany and Russia.

The promise was a warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin not to use the almost-completed pipeline as a political weapon three days before the German leader holds talks with US President Joe Biden, who has criticized the project.

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