US Secretary of State Blinken calls for Nord Stream 2 | Free press


Democratic US President Biden’s government opposes Nord Stream 2. So far, it has been cautious about sanctions. Minister Blinken of Foreign Affairs has now issued a new warning.

Brussels (AP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has asked Germany to stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea. At the same time, Blinken did not rule out further sanctions to prevent the project from being completed.

President Joe Biden made it very clear that he thought the pipeline was a bad idea – bad for Europe and bad for the US, Blinken said in Brussels on his first visit to Europe after taking office. Nord Stream 2 contradicts the EU’s own energy security goals. In addition, the pipeline could undermine the interests of Ukraine, Poland and a number of other close partners or allies.

He expects the pipeline dispute will also play a role in his first physical meeting with Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD), which will take place alongside a NATO meeting starting Tuesday afternoon, Blinken said. He is confident that he will have the opportunity to reaffirm the US position on Nord Stream 2. This also includes US sanctions imposed on companies involved in attempts to complete the pipeline.

The US demands are particularly explosive because the pipeline, with its two pipeline strings approximately 1,230 kilometers long, is already more than 90 percent complete. In the future, it should actually transport 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year from Russia to Germany.

The United States justifies its rejection of the project with what it considers too dependent on its European partners on Russian gas and already imposed sanctions on a company involved in the construction in January. Pipeline advocates, on the other hand, accuse the US of trying to sell its liquefied gas only better in Europe.

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