Ukraine, EU, US, and Germany should define “red lines” on “Nord Stream-2”,

 said the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Olga Stefanishina. One example of such lines is the agreement between Russia and Hungary on gas supplies bypassing Ukrainian territory. Ukraine is monitoring the process and is trying to understand whether the agreement is a “red line”. According to Stefanishina, it is clear that for American and German partners the direct threat of termination of contracts and the requirement of transit bypassing Ukraine, unreasonable gas prices – this is not a “red line”

US Senior Advisor for Energy Security awaited in Kyiv.

 Amos Hochstein, Senior Advisor for Energy Security to the US Secretary of State, will be discussing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Ukrainian officials later this week. “His work is aimed at ensuring energy security in Europe and resolving issues related to the implementation of the agreement reached between the US President and the German Chancellor,” announced the Advisor to the Ukrainian Energy Minister Lana Zerkal. Germany has yet to certify the pipeline operator, a subsidiary of Gazprom –

With Nord Stream 2 99% complete, Ukraine’s goal is to make sure that gas never flows through it,

Yuriy Vitrenko, chairman of Naftogaz, told RFE/RL on Saturday.  “The battle is lost, but the war isn’t,” he vowed. “And our ‘war’ against Nord Stream 2 continues.” Gazprom owns the pipeline and the gas that is to go through it. This violates the EU’s Third Energy Package, he said. In 2019, Vitrenko led the Naftogaz legal team that forced Gazprom to pay nearly $3 billion in a Stockholm arbitration case.

Justice Minister Denys Malyuska promised yesterday  to challenge the decision in court

. Prime Minister Shmyhal set a 10-day deadline to resolve the impasse. The challenge to Vitrenko comes as Naftogaz closely watches today’s Biden-Putin meeting in Geneva for news on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Last week, Vitrenko was in Washington, meeting with congressional representatives and journalists to campaign against the Russia-Germany bypass gas line, which is 95% complete.

Ukraine’s Internal Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov predicted Saturday that after the launch of Nord Stream 2 Russia could sabotage the pipeline to justify stopping gas transit across Ukraine.

Avakov told reporters: “We expect that there will be provocations, attempted terrorist attacks on our section of the gas pipeline. And then they will say: ‘Look, you see, that is why we transport it through Nord Stream 2.’” Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba arrives in Berlin today for two days of talks with German officials.