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Zelensky "surprised" and "disappointed" by Biden's decision to waive part of sanctions on Nord Stream 2

Source : 112 Ukraine

Zelensky calls Nord Stream 2 a weapon in the hands of the Russian Federation
08:05, 7 June 2021

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Ukraine was unpleasantly surprised by the decision of the Biden administration to waive sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG, which is responsible for the construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during a Zoom interview with Axios.

"Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he learned through the press — not any direct heads-up — that President Biden had decided to stop trying to block a Russian pipeline that Ukraine sees as a dire national security threat," the statement reads.

Related: US Congressman introduces bill to expand sanctions for Nord Stream 2

According to the interview transcript, Zelensky calls Nord Stream 2 a weapon in the hands of Russia.

"This is a weapon, a real weapon ... in the hands of the Russian Federation.It is not very understandable ... that the bullets to this weapon can possibly be provided by such a great country as the United States," he said.

Related: Russia plans to complete Nord Stream 2 construction by end of year

The President of Ukraine notes that until the last moment he counted on the US efforts to stop the project, and he received the corresponding signals from Biden during their first telephone conversation. That is why the news of the waiving of some of the sanctions on Nord Stream 2 surprised Zelensky so much.

As we reported, the Biden administration will waive sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG and its CEO Matthias Warnig who controls the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline into Germany. 

Meanwhile, President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated that the laying of the first line of the Nord Stream 2 has finished.

“2.5 hours ago, the laying of the pipelines of the first line of the Nord Stream 2 has successfully finished; the only thing remained is to raise a little the pipelines at the German and Russian sides and weld them together,” Putin said.

Related: Interior Minister: Ukraine expects provocations from Russia in order to justify launch of Nord Stream 2

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