Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent explained why the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden made a decision to release from the sanctions the main company that is responsible for the activity of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline – Nord Stream-2 AG as Voice of America reported.
“It was made to leave the space for diplomacy. We made clear our expectations – Germany has to do the right thing, be a leader of Europe as it is now and assume actions to make sure that Russia does not use its energy as the weapon,” Kent stated.
Meanwhile, he added that both, President Biden and U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken consider the Nord Stream 2 to be a bad project.
“Currently, the issue is not in the physical further construction of the pipeline but its enactment and what Gazprom and Russia can do if it is certified and starts its work,” the diplomat said.
Meanwhile, Kent noted that according to the law, the sanctions list of the U.S. will be renewed every 90 days.
“Finally, the most important thing that the pipeline should not be used as the weapon against Ukraine, Poland, and other countries that beware of Russia using its energy as the weapon as it did in the past,” the official concluded.
On June 4, President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated that the laying of the first line of the Nord Stream 2 was finished.
Meanwhile, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert stated that it is extremely important for Berlin to maintain Ukraine's status as a gas transit country even after Nord Stream 2 is put into operation.
Earlier, Dmytro Kuleba stated that Ukraine is ready to negotiate compensation for the loss of cash proceeds from gas transit after the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken assured that Washington together with Berlin are working to prevent Russia from using the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a coercive tool against Ukraine and other Eastern European countries.