Energy projects like Nord Stream II boost the West's oil and gas dependence from Russia; Wess Mitchell, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs said so commenting on the construction of Nord Stream II pipeline. The official addressed the Atlantic Council session in Washington.
According to him, Western Europe 'can't deepen the energy dependence' from the very Russia that the U.S. protects them from - or getting rich thanks to Iran, 'which develops the ballistic missiles that threaten Europe'. Thus, it is unacceptable for the U.S. allies in Central Europe to back the initiatives as Nord Stream II.
The U.S. is concerned about the new pipeline and potential increase of dependence of Europe from the Russian natural gas. Washington intends to warn the EU that the sanctions are coming. Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic States also strongly oppose the pipeline construction. Germany, Sweden and Finland already issued the permissions for construction in their territorial waters; Denmark took a pause to consider the option.