Baltic Sea

Germany is working with the US on Nord Stream 2


November 29, 2021

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Germany said on Sunday it was continuing to work closely with the US to implement an agreement on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which runs under the Baltic Sea and transports gas from Russia to Germany.

The German State Department said it would continue to work closely with the US government on implementing a joint statement on the $ 11 billion pipeline.

The Biden government waived sanctions against the pipeline operator and reached an agreement with Germany in July, despite further sanctions being imposed on Russia-related Transadria Ltd and its ship last week.

“We fundamentally oppose sanctions among allies,” said Reuters in response to a request from Reuters on a report by Axios that said Berlin had urged members of the US Congress not to sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline because it did so The USA would “weaken” its credibility and “ultimately damage transatlantic unity”.

The United States and some European countries are against the pipeline that goes by Ukraine.

They say it will make Europe too dependent on Russian gas, but some other European governments say the connection is vital to securing energy supplies.

Germany has agreed to take action if Russia uses energy as a weapon in its relations with Ukraine, but the agreement does not provide any specific criteria for how this should be assessed.

News website Axios cited a November 19 document outlining Germany’s moves, including “strong public messages” condemning Russia’s behavior and assessing the suspension of political meetings.

At the EU level, the document states that Germany “is actively involved in the process to identify options for additional restrictive measures,” said Axios.

The document also states that Nord Stream 2 “poses no threat to Ukraine as long as reasonable gas transit is ensured†and describes possible sanctions on the pipeline as “a victory for Putin†as it would divide the Western allies. added Axios.

(Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Alexander Smith)