Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The US is seeing progress in halting the Nord Stream 2 project


In its report to Congress, the State Department identified 18 of the largest Western companies that will not be subject to sanctions.

The companies said they had “benevolently reduced their Nord Stream 2 operations,” said Ned Price, a spokesman for the State Department.

“This shows that the goals of the law and our actions are having a positive impact,” Price said of both US parties’ opposition to the project.

The representative made public only one company that will be subject to US sanctions – the Russian tuna fishing company KVT-Rus, which allegedly participated in the construction of Nord Stream 2.

US President Joe Biden has been critical of Nord Stream 2, saying the project strengthens Russia and weakens the political leverage of vulnerable states such as Ukraine.

However, Mr Biden’s administration has also promised more cooperation with European countries, including Germany, which says the project is necessary to meet energy needs, despite concerns about Russia.

“As for our allies and partners, it would be fair to say that they will not be surprised by any of our actions. “We will continue to monitor actions that may lead to additional penalties, including sanctions, but I think it would be a mistake to think that sanctions are the only tool we have,” Price said.

In an article published by Politico on Monday, Polish and Ukrainian foreign ministers Zbigniew Rau and Dmytro Kuleba warned that Russia was “dangerously close” to the completion of the pipeline.

If Nord Stream 2 is completed, the Ukrainians will be convinced that the West does not care about their security.

“We urge US President Joe Biden to take all possible measures to prevent the project from being completed,” the ministers wrote.

Representatives of the Republican Party, for their part, accused Biden of backing from promises to take tougher action against Russia.

“This report is a gift to the Russians and their attempts to undermine Europe’s energy security, destabilize Ukraine and promote corruption and bad influence throughout Europe,” said Jim Risch, a Republican member of the Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

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