This was announced today, March 28, by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in an interview with CNN.
According to the head of the American Foreign Ministry, during a recent meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Brussels, the topic of completing the construction of a gas pipeline from Russia was touched upon.
“We believe that this is a bad idea (construction of a gas pipeline), and it was important for us to be able to speak directly to our close partner – Germany,” said Anthony Blinken.
He further indicated that the US Congress adheres to a similar position.
“According to (US) legislation, we have imposed sanctions against companies that are involved in the construction of the pipeline. We made it clear that we will continue to build up these measures, “- said the chief of the State Department.
As reported by EADaily, earlier this week during his first visit to Europe as head of American diplomacy following meetings in Brussels, Blinken said that Washington had warned Berlin about possible sanctions on Nord Stream 2.
At the same time, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the North Atlantic Alliance has no consensus regarding the future of Nord Stream 2. “The reality is that since NATO is based on consensus and NATO allies have not made a decision on Nord Stream 2, we decided to focus on how to diversify supplies and solve energy problems. But we do not have a position regarding Nord Stream 2, – explained the administrative head of the military bloc.
Recall that Nord Stream 2 was supposed to be completed at the end of 2019. It will supply Russian gas to consumers from Europe bypassing Ukraine. Since December 2019, the United States has introduced several packages of sanctions against companies involved in the construction, insurance, and certification of the pipeline, in connection with which the original project schedule was violated. In Berlin, Washington’s actions are called interference in internal affairs and are in favor of ending Nord Stream 2. At the end of March, the chairman of the board of directors of Gazprom, Viktor Zubkov, said that the pipeline was 90-92% ready, the work would be completed this year.