The German authorities urged the United States not to impose sanctions against the “Nord Stream – 2”

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The German government has called on members of the US Congress not to impose sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as this will weaken US credibility and damage transatlantic unity. This is stated in the document that the German Embassy in Washington sent to the Congress, according to the Axios website.

The document states that Nord Stream 2 poses no threat to Ukraine, “as long as reasonable gas transit is ensured,” and potential sanctions on the pipeline are called “Putin’s victory” as the sanctions will divide Western allies.

US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a deal in July in which Germany agreed to take action, including pushing for EU sanctions if Russia “uses energy as a weapon” against Ukraine and Europe.

“Some experts say this is already happening, as Russia sparked an energy crisis in Europe and suggested that the sharp rise in gas prices could be reduced by speeding up the certification of Nord Stream 2,” the article says.

Republicans are pushing for new sanctions, while President Biden’s administration is lobbying for the lifting of sanctions on the pipeline, which are spelled out in the country’s defense budget bill, Foreign Policy reported.

On November 23, the US Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on the Russian-linked company Transadria, registered in Cyprus, and its vessel Marlin, which, according to Washington, is involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. At the same time, the United States did not impose sanctions on the Blue Ship, since it belongs to an organization associated with the German government.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the sanctions, said that the discussion by the US authorities of sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline amid strenuous attempts to establish a dialogue with Russia “is illegal and wrong.”

The construction of Nord Stream 2 was completed on September 10, and in order to launch the gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2 AG must obtain permission from German and European regulators. The pipeline certification has now been temporarily suspended.


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