Washington will continue supporting Ukraine and urges European states to take measures, in particular, to refuse from the construction of the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, as Heather Nauert, the Spokesperson of U.S. State Department, said at the briefing.
Commenting the recent escalation in Azov Sea, Nauert stated that the U.S. intends to conduct additional negotiations with the European partners soon.
“Now, one of the things I think you’ll be seeing in the days and weeks ahead are additional conversations that the U.S. government is having with our European allies. And one of the things that we would like to see take place is our European allies doing more to assist Ukraine,” she said.
“The United States government has taken a very strong position in their support, in support of Ukraine. We would like other countries to do more as well. That is something that’s enshrined in our National Security Strategy, encouraging other countries to help one another around the world so that the United States isn’t completely – I don’t want to say shouldering the burden, but so the United States isn’t handling these issues chiefly alone,” Nauert stressed, explaining the position of the State Department.
In particular, she noted that the European authorities might enhance sanctions against Russian for aggression in Crimea and Donbas.
Besides, she said that no all of the sanctions are implemented for now in full.
Nord Stream 2 will be one of the topics at the negotiations.
“Nord Stream 2 is snaking through many of these countries, and I think that’s a question European countries have to ask themselves: Is Nord Stream 2 something that they want to continue with, because it helps the Russian government, and is that the kind of support that they want to provide the Russian government with, continuing to back Nord Stream 2 at this time?” she said.
The construction of the Nord Stream-2 became a topic, which recently was discussed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a joint press statement before the talks, Merkel claimed that Ukraine should remain the participant in the gas transit process to Europe after the launch of the Nord Stream-2.