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Merkel warns Russia against using Nord Stream 2 as geopolitical weapon

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called German Chancellor Angela Merkel's assurances in Kiev that Ukraine would remain a transit country for Russian gas "too general". This year's German election could still prove decisive for Nord Stream 2's future.

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Germany is prepared to impose sanctions if Russia uses controversial gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 as a weapon, said Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday at a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kiev, reports Reuters.

"Gas should not be used as a geopolitical weapon," Merkel said, emphasizing the significance of Ukraine remaining a transit country. She also call for Ukraine's current transit agreement with Russia to be extended so as to not expire in 2024.

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