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U.S. denies its pressure on Ukraine regarding Nord Stream 2

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainian side claimed the issue will be fully clarified only during President Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to Washington
18:16, 21 July 2021

Derek Chollet
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The United States Department of State Counselor Derek Chollet denied information published in Politico that Biden administration urged Ukraine to abstain from criticizing Nord Stream 2. This was reported by Radio Svoboda.

"Ukraine is a democratic country, it has its own voice. We strive for a close and constructive partnership with our Ukrainian friends. So, we could defend our common interests and values," Chollet said.

In addition, Chollet pointed that the United States discussed with Germany the issue of Ukraine's energy security. "I can't talk about the specifics yet. But there will be a significant support for its [Ukraine's] energy sector. It would guarantee energy security, efficiency and independence," he noted.

Related: US, Germany close to making deal on Nord Stream 2-related sanctions against Russia

In turn, the Office of the President of Ukraine believes that the decision on Nord Stream 2 can not be made behind the back of those who are threatened by this project. And this issue will be fully clarified only during President Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to Washington.

"Nord Stream 2 is not at all about economics. This is a political or even public and large-scale propaganda and lobbying project that Russian authorities want to use as a weapon against Ukraine and other countries in the region," the adviser to the OP's head Mykhailo Podoliak said in a comment to Ukrayinska Pravda.

As it was reported earlier, it became known that the U.S. Presidential Administration called on Ukrainian authorities not to criticize future Washington-Berlin agreement on Nord Stream 2. U.S. officials have allegedly indicated that public opposition to the upcoming deal could damage bilateral relations between Washington and Kyiv.

Related: Russian ambassador calls U.S. policy toward Nord Stream 2 to be demonstration of unfair competition

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