Video Merkel threatens Russia with measures to stop gas transit through Ukraine
NOTE: THIS POST IS WITHOUT SPEAKER TEXT. O-SOUND ANGELA MERKEL: (O-SOUND STARTS ON US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN) “We talked about Russia and Ukraine, in this context also about Nord Stream 2. Here we have different assessments of what this project entails But I want to say very clearly: Our understanding was and is and will remain that Ukraine remains a transit country for natural gas, that Ukraine, like any country, has a right to territorial sovereignty. That is why we are also involved in the Minsk Process. And that we will act actively if Russia does not exercise this right of Ukraine to transit land. That means for me Nord Stream 2 is an additional project and not a project instead of the transit of gas through Ukraine. And anything else would cause very great tensions. “
Ukraine must remain a transit country, said the Chancellor on Thursday at a joint press conference with US President Joe Biden in Washington.