Bild von Altmaier am Auftaktgipfels der Krim-Plattform

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On August 23, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier, will travel to Kiev to participate in the official part of the kick-off summit of the Crimea Platform. As the official representative of Germany, he will reaffirm the Federal Government’s firm commitment, together with its partners in the EU, to the territorial integrity of Ukraine and to the non-recognition of Russia's annexation of Crimea, which is contrary to international law, as well as to maintaining the Crimea sanctions against Russia.

On the margins of the summit, Minister Altmaier will also hold talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Herman Halushchenko. Their meeting will focus on energy security in the context of NordStream 2 and on the Joint Statement of the US and Germany on Support for Ukraine, European Energy Security, and our Climate Goals. Ahead of his visit to Kiev on 23 August 2021, Minister Altmaier said: "The U.S.-German Statement of July 2021 sends a strong and important message. It makes clear once again that Germany is highly aware of the strategic importance of NordStream 2 for Ukraine and that we take Ukraine's justified concerns very seriously. Germany's commitments laid down in the statement offer/mean major opportunities to/for Ukraine and they are particularly geared to the long term. It is now important to work together in a constructive manner to implement these commitments. And let me be clear/and not to leave room for any doubts/and lest there be any doubt/And to dispel any doubts: Germany stands by its commitments!"