Biden administration admits helplessness against Nord Stream 2

Biden administration admits helplessness against Nord Stream 2

US cancels Nord Stream 2 sanctions

The White House has been forced to admit that it is nearly impossible to stop the construction of the ‘Nord Stream-2’ gas pipeline, which is now about 95% complete – Presidential Press Secretary US Jen Psaki announced on May 22 in a briefing.

“When the president [Joe Biden] took office, the pipeline is 95% ready. How can we stop a project in another country that is 95% ready?” – she objected to the opinion of the journalist who suggested that the US government could have interfered in the construction of the pipeline, but they did not.

“We draw attention to the fact that the United States has decided to prioritize diplomacy in its relations with its European partners over measures,” said Peter Stano, the EU’s official representative for foreign policy. sanctions as a response to their concerns about the project.”

The EU representative reiterated that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has decided to withdraw sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG. [công ty liên danh quản lý dự án ‘Dòng chảy Phương Bắc 2’], along with the leaders and executives of this company.

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The US has waived sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG

This, he said, was in line with the Biden administration’s pledge to “restore America’s relationship with Europe”.

The US waiver of sanctions on Nord Stream 2 comes as fourteen Republican Senators have submitted to the US Congress a bill to restore sanctions against companies. construction company project “Northern Stream – 2”.

As one of the bill’s authors, Senator Kevin Cramer said the current president’s administration had followed the “wrong German strategy of giving Russian President Vladimir Putin the leverage to cause damage.” pressure on our allies in Europe.”

The politician said that by doing so, the White House “risks undermining America’s global standing” and called on the Biden administration to “need to block Putin’s pipeline by all means”.

The US does not want to cause tension with Germany

“Northern Stream-2” is a gas pipeline project between Russia and Germany under the Baltic Sea bed with a length of more than 1,200 km. Pipe laying work began in 2018, with the laying of two parallel gas pipelines under the seabed with a capacity of 55 billion m3.

According to the original plan, the “Northern Stream – 2” gas pipeline was supposed to be put into operation in 2019. However, due to restrictions imposed by the United States, the units involved in the construction. started withdrawing from the project. The project execution time has been postponed several times.

Currently, the operational readiness level of “Northern Stream – 2” is 95%. The length of the unfinished pipeline is only 80 km and will be completed in the near future.

On May 20, the US State Department confirmed the waiver of sanctions on “Northern Stream-2”.

“In the national interest of the United States, temporarily suspending the implementation of sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG, its head Matthias Warnig and Nord Stream 2 AG employees” – Minister Diplomat Antony Blinken announced.

Earlier, the US media also reported that the United States had also eliminated the second potential method to prevent the implementation of the “Northern Stream-2” project, which is to impose sanctions on the country. The final gas consumer is Germany, because Mr. Biden also does not want because of “Nord Stream – 2” that causes conflict with the administration of Angela Merkel, leading to the risk of having to cut ties with Germany – a NATO ally largest in Europe.

However, the Washington government still noted that the US still considered “Northern Stream – 2” a bad idea and a “bad plan”.



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