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Foreign Minister Blinken warned Europe against Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline


Secretary of State Antony Blinken repeat on Tuesday In Brussels, the Biden administration’s hostility towards the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline currently being built between Russia and Germany, assumes that it “ultimately goes against the EU’s own security objectives”.

  • After meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Blinken also noted that a law required the US to impose sanctions on companies participating in the Nord Stream 2 project, as the State Department insisted on last week in one declare.

  • “President Biden was very clear, he believed this pipeline was a bad idea, not good for Europe, not good for America,” Blinken to speak.

  • Germany has pushed for completion project, now 95% built and will bring 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea, bypassing central Europe.

  • Washington and most European governments are concerned that Nord Stream 2 will increase Europe’s dependence on Russian energy, while depriving Ukraine of significant fees that Ukraine is currently raising from gas transportation. of Russia over its territory.

  • 18 European companies have was drawn from the project due to threats of US sanctions, especially insurance companies that Russia has participated in funding the pipeline.

  • Germany’s Green Party, which has become a strong candidate for power ahead of the country’s October general elections, took stop the project Its an important plan of electoral background.

From archived documents (January 2021): Germany agreed to resume work on Russia’s natural gas pipeline, which the US has threatened to punish

Prospects: Pressure increases both domestically and internationally for Germany to abandon Nord Stream 2, with the risk of staying out if the US starts imposing sanctions on European companies working on project 11 billion USD. If it does not budge, Germany risks alienating itself from the friendly European US government.

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