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German State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Energy to visit Ukraine with reps of German companies

KYIV. Sept 13 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Representatives of German companies receiving natural gas from Russia’s Gaprom will accompany German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Andreas Feicht during his visit to Ukraine this week, CEO of NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy Yuriy Vitrenko has said.

"These are the German companies that receive, in particular, Gazprom’s gas. And, accordingly, we will probably discuss with them, for example, the transfer of gas transmission points to the Russian-Ukrainian border," Vitrenko told reporters on the sidelines YES Brainstorming in Kyiv.

He said that negotiations with Feicht, who oversees energy policy, will be substantive.

Vitrenko, in particular, said that the Ukrainian side would like to hear how Germany intends to implement plans to arrange negotiations in Berlin or Brussels with European companies and, possibly, Gazprom on guarantees of transit through Ukraine after 2024.

The Senior Advisor for Energy Security who oversees the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline announced at YES Brainstorming the German-American talks in Berlin with his participation on September 13.

Vitrenko clarified that the Ukrainian side was not invited to them.

As reported, in the summer of this year, the United States and Germany agreed on a common position on the Nord Stream 2 topic. In particular, Berlin undertakes to take action if the Russian Federation uses energy supplies to put pressure on other countries.

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year, runs from the Slavyanskaya compressor station in the Kingisepp district of the Leningrad region to the Baltic coast of Germany. Last week, Gazprom announced the completion of its construction and its intention to launch it by the end of this year.