The United States would have faced a worst-case scenario for itself if it had not abandoned the imposition of sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 operator and entered into a deal with Berlin, State Department spokesman Ned Price said on July 22.
“Without the abandonment of sanctions, we would have faced spoiled relations with Germany, potentially having little or nothing to protect our partners, including Ukraine and Poland, as well as other NATO and EU countries on the first line. Worst case scenario across the board, ”he said at a briefing.
According to Price, the agreements reached the other day with Germany are aimed precisely at preventing the “worst” development of events.
He also noted that by the time the current US administration came to power, the construction of the pipeline was 90% complete, and therefore the American authorities concluded that sanctions would not stop the construction of SP-2.
On July 21, US President Joe Biden explained the impossibility of stopping the construction of Nord Stream 2 by the fact that the project was “99% complete.”
A day earlier it became known that Germany and the United States had reached a deal on “Nord Stream – 2”. According to the State Department, Berlin agreed to take measures to support the European energy market, to take measures up to and including sanctions against Russia if it restricts energy supplies. Also, the German authorities undertook to allocate € 200 million to support the energy sector of Ukraine and to organize a $ 1 billion fund that will ensure the country’s energy security. In addition, Germany, within the framework of the agreements, will support the US demand to extend the agreement on the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine, which expires in 2024.
In turn, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov noted that the document raises serious questions and misunderstanding in terms of political attacks against Russia. According to him, the “hostile tone” towards Moscow fundamentally contradicts the spirit of the talks between US and Russian Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin in Geneva.