OREANDA-NEWS. Within the framework of the Crimean Platform conference, a meeting of the energy ministers of Germany, the United States and Ukraine was held on the situation around the construction of the «Nord Stream-2» gas pipeline.

«Germany is very well aware of the strategic importance of the «Nord Stream-2» for Ukraine and takes Ukraine's legitimate concerns very seriously», German Minister of Economy and Energy Peter Altmaier said after the meeting on Monday, August 23.

Prior to that, Altmaier and US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm held talks with their Ukrainian counterpart German Galushchenko on the issue of assistance to Kiev in connection with the «Nord Stream-2» project within the framework of the founding conference of the Crimean Platform in Kiev.

The Ukrainian minister, in turn, said that at a meeting with colleagues from Germany and the United States, a detailed discussion of the issues and threats that Kiev sees in the construction of a new gas pipeline from Russia to Europe took place. At the same time, emphasis was placed on the need to prevent Russia from using gas as a weapon. «We discussed in detail the importance and possibility of ensuring the security of gas supplies, ensuring transit and steps that will provide guarantees to Ukraine in maintaining the transit potential», Galushchenko said.

In addition, the parties discussed in detail the application of the EU's Third Energy Package and the elimination of Gazprom's monopoly on the energy market, as well as the problem of reforming the energy sector of Ukraine. At the same time, one of the issues is synchronization with the EU energy system in terms of decabornization and technologies, it is noted further.