Nuland: If Russia invades Ukraine, Nord Stream 2 will not be launched | News from Germany about world events | DW

On Thursday, January 27, the United States, together with Germany, warned Russia that if it attacks Ukraine, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will no longer work. “If Russia invades Ukraine in one way or another, Nord Stream 2 will not budge,” said US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland. She pointed out that on January 27, Berlin made a number of very “tough statements”.

“Together with Germany, we will continue to work together to ensure that this project does not materialize,” Nuland assured, referring to the joint agreement, which also provides for measures from Germany, “capable of ensuring that Russia does not use any pipeline, including including Nord Stream 2, to achieve aggressive political goals, using energy as a weapon.”

She also pointed out that the United States is ready for bilateral negotiations with the Russian Federation and is waiting for its reaction to Washington’s written response, provided after Moscow’s demands for “security guarantees.” According to Nuland, these answers “open up a real opportunity to improve security in the Euro-Atlantic region if Moscow chooses the path of diplomacy, rather than conflict and sabotage.”

The White House also announced that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will visit the United States on February 7 to discuss possible “Russian aggression against Ukraine” with President Joe Biden.

The United States agreed with Ukraine on the response to Moscow

The United States informed Ukraine in advance of the content of its response to Russia’s demands for “security guarantees.” “We saw the US written response before it was handed over to Russia. There are no objections from the Ukrainian side. It is important that the US remains in close contact with Ukraine before and after all contacts with Russia. No decisions on Ukraine without Ukraine. The golden rule,” – wrote the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Dmitry Kuleba on January 27.

Up to 120,000 Russian troops may be stationed near the Ukrainian border

Earlier in the day, the dpa agency, citing data from Western intelligence agencies, reported that Russia has recently continued to rapidly deploy military personnel to the border with Ukraine and increased the contingent in the border areas to 112-120 thousand. This figure does not take into account the armed forces of pro-Russian separatists in the Ukrainian Donbass, whose number is estimated at about 35,000 people, dpa pointed out.

In the second half of 2021, the Russian Federation deployed about 100 thousand military personnel to the annexed Crimea and to the border with Ukraine under the pretext of conducting exercises. The West suspects Russia of intending to invade Ukraine again, but the Kremlin denies any such plans.

A series of Russian talks with the United States, NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have not produced any results. The West threatens Russia with unprecedented sanctions in the event of a new invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Federation, in turn, accuses Western countries of arming Ukraine and conducting maneuvers near Russian borders.

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