U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken believes that Europe may use the Nord Stream-2 pipeline to put pressure on Russia in the context of resolving the situation around Ukraine as the U.S. State Department reported.
“So some may see Nord Stream 2 as leverage that Russia can use against Europe. In fact, it’s leverage for Europe to use against Russia,” Blinken said.
He recalled an agreement between Germany and the U.S. in July to jointly support Ukraine's energy security and prevent Russia from using energy as a weapon.
“The foreign minister and I reaffirmed that commitment today.We also discussed the status of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which the United States has long opposed. As I said before, this pipeline does not have gas flowing through it at present. And if Russia renews its aggression toward Ukraine, it would certainly be difficult to see gas flowing through it in the future,” Blinken added.
On July 21, the U.S. and Germany made a joint statement in support of Ukraine, European energy security, and climate goals on the results of the talks on prospects of the launch of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
In December, the leader of the German Greens, Foreign Minister in the new government, Annalena Baerbock, said that now she sees no reason to launch the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
Soon, gas in the European market began to rise in price shortly after the statement by the head of the German Foreign Ministry Annalena Berbock about the impossibility of launching the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. Thus, on the morning of December 13, the price of the nearest, January, gas futures according to the Dutch hub TTF index was 116.395 euros per MWh, then slightly increased to 116.5 euros per MWh.