The United States is lifting sanctions against the company behind Nortstream 2, a gas pipeline that runs from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea. Washington strongly opposes the plan, but Secretary of State Blinken says sanctions are not in the US interest. He points to the importance of good relations with Germany and other European countries.
The multi-billion dollar project, which will be completed by the end of this year, has been a thorn in the side of the United States for many years. Washington considers Germany and the European Union to be dependent on Russia; The plan will play more of a geopolitical role in the hands of President Putin.
Germany, which sees this as a major economic project, has already responded to reports that the United States will abandon it. Secretary of State Moss spoke of a “constructive move” that we would like to discuss with our allies in Washington.
The U.S. State Department imposed sanctions on four Russian ships, including Academic Chersky, which began placing parts of the pipeline in Danish waters last month.
Republicans, especially in the US Congress, are very half-heartedly recognizing these measures and demanding a tougher stance. Senator Jim Rich speaks of a “gift to Putin” that would weaken the US position ahead of a summit between presidents Fiden and Putin. But Democrats also believe the United States will not sit idly by once the plan is completed. “We have to use the option to avoid rounding up,” Democrat Senator Jean Shaheen said.
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