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Ukraine should reflect on hydrogen transit—Ambassador of FRG

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany to Ukraine Anka Feldhusen claims that the use of gas and its transit is a temporary phenomenon, therefore it is necessary to prepare the GTS for the transit of hydrogen.

"It is a fact that the use of gas and its transit is a temporary phenomenon. Germany has decided to completely phase out carbon-based energy sources until 2045. I talked to the experts: we still need quite a lot of gas, perhaps until 2032, but then its use will greatly decrease, and we need to think about what will happen later," she said.

She believes that Ukraine now needs to think about its very broad opportunities in other areas. Including about hydrogen and its transit to Europe.

"Because our entire system will be converted to hydrogen in 15 years," the Ambassador noted.

Feldhusen added that she discusses this topic with Ukrainian partners very often and stressed that Germany did not invest public money in the construction of Nord Stream 2.

"This is a project of individual firms, there are no guarantees from the state," she clarified.

In her opinion, Ukraine needs to find in the future a solid foundation for the country's development. It cannot be coal or gas, but it must be green energy—hydrogen, including for Europe.

"And we must give Ukraine the opportunity to make money on this," she concluded.

The Ambassador suggested that at a meeting between Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden scheduled for July 15 in Washington the parties would discuss "ways of solving Ukrainian problems as well."

The Ambassador also recalled that Merkel had invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to visit Berlin on July 12.

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