Germany expects Ukraine, Russia to be reliable gas suppliers

A constant] is what the EU needs currently - now that Ukraine and Russia entered the new phase of the gas dispute. The Irish Times wrote that, focusing on Germany's approach to the issue.
'Ukraine has accused Russia of “blackmail” and urged European states to reconsider future energy deals with Moscow as a new gas dispute fuelled fears of supply disruption among EU states. Russian energy giant Gazprom scrapped plans to restart gas flow to Ukraine last week, after the Stockholm arbitration court ordered Kremlin-controlled firm to pay $2.56 billion (€2.08 billion) compensation to Ukrainian state-run company Naftogaz in a long-running legal battle over supplies and transit fees', the article reads.
According to the outlet, the EU 'has contacted the energy ministers of Russia and Ukraine and offered to mediate in a dispute'.
'It is in the interest of Germany and the European Union, and of Russia and Ukraine, that both these countries show themselves to be reliable partners in European gas supply and guarantee continuous supplies,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Monday. He also reiterated German support for Nord Stream 2 as a “purely commercial project” and insisted it would not deprive Ukraine of much-needed gas transit fees', concludes the article.
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