The United States and Germany reached an agreement on Wednesday that would allow the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to be completed in Europe without Germany or Russia facing new US sanctions. This was announced by Victoria Nuland, the US Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the AP agency reported.
Nuland has told the US Congress that the US and German governments will provide details soon. The agreement is intended to address the concerns of the United States and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe regarding the possible consequences of the construction of this pipeline.
The US Congress, Ukraine and Poland fear that Nord Stream 2 will weaken Europe’s energy security, writes AP.
Wednesday’s agreement will allow the completion of the pipeline without Germany or Russia facing new US sanctions, the AP writes, referring to sources from the US Congress. In return, according to these sources, the US and Germany will make some concessions to Ukraine and Poland.
According to Nuland, the USA and Germany are to issue a joint statement on the pipeline later on Wednesday. Washington and Berlin have pledged to impose sanctions on Russia and German companies involved in the construction if Moscow uses the pipeline as a political weapon.
Warning for Russia
According to Reuters sources and the draft agreement, which was seen by Bloomberg, both countries will call on Russia not to use energy as a weapon against its neighbors. Otherwise, Moscow faces sanctions and other retaliation – according to Bloomberg, this is in the draft agreement.
According to the draft agreement, Germany commits itself to an unspecified course of action if Russia misuses energy. According to Bloomberg, this is a concession on the part of Merkel, because she previously rejected an independent action against the Kremlin due to the gas pipeline. Should Russia use energy as a weapon or take aggression against Ukraine, Germany will react on its own and at the same time urge action at European level. This includes sanctions that would restrict Russia’s exports of energy raw materials, the proposal said.
According to the American source of the Bloomberg agency, the language of the agreement is intentionally ambiguous so that Russia will not be given guidance as to what the answer will be if it behaves badly. The source did not rule out that there could be a restriction on gas extraction from Russia to Germany. But the ambiguous language of the convention, according to Bloomberg, will disappoint critics of the Nord Stream 2 project, including many American lawmakers.
Nord Stream 2 is still a concern for the United States
The Nord Stream 2 project represents a major foreign policy dilemma for the administration of US President Joe Biden, the AP states. US officials from both political parties, as well as President Biden himself, have long been concerned that the pipeline will give Russia too much power over gas supplies to Europe, or could even lead to gas shutdown by Russia’s opponents – Ukraine and Poland. However, the pipeline is almost complete and the US is determined to improve relations with Germany, which was disrupted during the Donald Trump administration.
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