At the 122nd press conference, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that the US administration is continuing to monitor the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 (Northern Flow 2) pipeline project and Unilateral sanctions are just one of many important tools Washington has.
“We will oversee activities on completion of construction or pipeline project certification, and if such activities take place, a decision will be made on the possibility of imposing sanctions, it is only. one of the many important tools, “the State Department spokesperson said, also asserting that Washington’s stance on Nord Stream 2 is clear and it hasn’t changed.
“President Biden has made it clear that Nord Stream 2 is a bad deal because it divides Europe, leaves Ukraine and Central Europe manipulated by Russia, going against Europe’s own stated security and energy goals. Au “, Mr. Ned Price stated.
The US State Department spokesperson also said that the current administration of the country relies on “constructive relations with members of Congress” on the issue of Nord Stream 2. US lawmakers demand The executive agency must enforce the project sanctions.
“We certainly understand Congress’s legitimate interest in this matter and we are committed to making that commitment to ensure that Congress has the necessary information on time,” Mr. Price said.
|Nord Stream 2 is currently performed 95% and more than 140 km of piping is finally being installed in Danish territorial waters.|
In accordance with national law, the US government will submit a report listing foreign companies involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2 before Congress on Feb. 16.
For some geopolitical reasons, Washington openly opposes the pipeline construction and is making active efforts to stop it. Many experts believe that the US is trying to get EU countries to buy their own liquefied gas, which is much more expensive than gas from Russian pipelines. Laws passed in the United States over the past few years provide the possibility of applying unilateral restrictions, especially to companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 project.
The State Department spokesperson’s statement comes just in time for the RIA to reveal a US-German negotiation involving Nord Stream 2.
Negotiations on the lifting of sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline are taking place at the US and German ministerial levels, but the results are still very unpredictable, RIA’s own sources said.
According to the source, one of the “pragmatic and correct” options for the development of events is the implementation of the plan by the German Ministry of Finance.
Previously, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) announced the content of a letter from German Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz to his American colleague Steven Mnuchin on August 7, 2020. The letter states that the German government is ready to allocate € 1 billion to support the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US, especially the construction of two stations in Germany at Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel. Therefore, the US should give up its opposition to the construction and operation of Nord Stream 2 (Northern Flow 2).
Meanwhile, the German Parliament argues that the allocation of € 1 billion from taxpayers’ funds to support Nord Stream 2 was not previously approved by parliament. In this regard, Mr. Scholz was urgently summoned to testify in the House of Representatives. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called the Deputy Prime Minister Scholz’s letter “a program of hypocrisy” by the opposition.
In addition, Spiegel magazine also reported that representatives of the European Union (EU) and Germany are discussing Nord Stream 2 with US authorities. According to the German newspaper, discussions are underway on a “strategic package” that could please the US. Among the options under discussion is the one to automatically cut off gas supplies via Nord Stream 2 in case Russia violates human rights or international law.