The U.S. and Germany made a joint statement on the support of Ukraine, European energy security, and its climate goals on the results of the talks on prospects of the launching of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as the German Foreign Ministry reported.
“The United States and Germany are united in their determination to hold Russia to account for its aggression and malign activities by imposing costs via sanctions and other tools. We commit to working together via the newly established U.S.-EU High Level Dialogue on Russia, and via bilateral channels, to ensure the United States and the EU remain prepared, including with appropriate tools and mechanisms, to respond together to Russian aggression and malign activities, including Russian efforts to use energy as a weapon,” the message says.
It is noted that if Russia tries to use energy as a weapon and makes further aggressive actions against Ukraine, Germany will act at the national level and urge the EU to assume effective measures, including sanctions to restrict the Russian possibilities of export to Europe in the energy sector, including gas, and assume effective measures in other significant economic areas.
It aims to prevent the use of any pipelines, including the Nord Stream 2, by Russia for the achievement of aggressive political aims, using energy as a weapon.
Earlier, it was reported that the U.S. and Germany are about to make a deal on Nord Stream 2, which can foresee sanctions and other measures against Russia if it tries to use energy as a weapon against Ukraine.
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.