Opponents of the construction of the “North Stream 2” gas pipeline in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe are worried that US President Joe Biden is not ready for decisive measures to stop the project, writes the “Axios” portal.
“This is the first test of whether Biden’s harsh rhetoric will be taken Russia be followed by actions. Russia’s opponents fear that Biden will not want to oppose Angeli Merkel and inflicts serious damage on Germany, “the test said.
According to the author of the article, the completion of the construction of the pipeline will represent “a huge geopolitical victory for Russia and give it a new lever of influence on Europe.”
“Russia’s huge geopolitical victory”
As a source close to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky told the portal on Monday, Kiev is “a little worried that Joe Biden did not convince during the Munich Security Conference that he intends to use all instruments to stop” North Stream 2 “. Among other things, the Ukrainian side believes that “it is still not too late to take decisive measures and expects such actions from the Biden administration.”
Earlier, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US administration, led by President Biden, had begun negotiations with the German leadership on the future of Nord Stream 2.
The “North Stream 2” project implies the construction of two branches of the gas pipeline, whose total capacity will amount to 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year, from the coast of Russia, across the Baltic Sea, to Germany. Numerous European companies are participating in the construction of the gas pipeline.
The United States is actively fighting against the construction of the “North Stream 2” gas pipeline, which wants to sell its liquefied natural gas to the EU. The United States imposed sanctions on the gas pipeline in December 2019, as a result of which the Swiss company “Olsiz” was forced to stop the works on laying the pipes.
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