The publication admits that the Biden administration may allow Moscow to finish building a gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine in order to improve relations with Germany.
Congress should approve sanctions against Nord Stream 2 at its last meeting / photo REUTERS
Donald Trump’s presidency began with claims that he would fulfill all the whims of Russia. But it could be that his administration ends its work by destroying a key strategic goal of Vladimir Putin. Unless Congress will prevent it.
Read alsoBloomberg: Russia will not be able to launch Nord Stream 2, even if it is completedThe Wall Street Journal writes about this in an editorial, adding that it is about the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The $ 11 billion project is supposed to deliver Russian gas to Germany via the Baltic Sea. The Trump administration was against this Russian project because it wanted to limit Russian influence over US allies. Last month, the State Department tightened sanctions to freeze the pipeline once and for all.
The House and Senate passed a decision last summer that turned this administration’s approach into law. Its provisions are included in the “National Defense Authorization Law”. This is an annual defense policy decision. This year, work on it should be completed in the coming weeks.
But, according to the Wall Street Journal, there are rumors that some members of Congress have doubts about the new sanctions against Nord Stream 2. Therefore, there is no guarantee that they will be included in the final version of the defense bill.
“Moscow hopes that during the Joe Biden administration it will be able to resume construction of Nord Stream 2. It has invested heavily in the gas pipeline because it will greatly increase Western Europe’s dependence on Russian gas. The project will also help Moscow achieve its goal of isolating Eastern European countries. , such as Ukraine and Poland, cutting them off from the current channels of energy supply, “- the article says.
The publication adds that the Trump administration, with the help of Congress, slowed down Nord Stream 2. The Swiss company Allseas stopped construction work at the end of last year, when 150 kilometers of the pipeline remained to be completed.
Read alsoSüddeutsche Zeitung: Biden may unblock Nord Stream 2“If the National Defense Authorization Act expands US sanctions on companies that provide insurance and funding for the project, it will lose viability,” the newspaper writes.
However, part of the foreign policy establishment wants to ease the pressure out of fear that this will harm the relationship between the US and Germany. It is true that Trump has sometimes unreasonably pressured Berlin. The Wall Street Journal says it opposes Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Germany.
But energy policy is an area in which Washington justifiably demanded solidarity from Berlin. However, the German side refused to reconsider its support for Nord Stream 2 even after the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and opposition leader Alexei Navalny. During the Trump administration, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was hailed by some liberals as the “leader of the free world.” But German policy towards Nord Stream 2 is mercantile and immoral.
“The next Democratic administration wants closer cooperation with Western Europe. This should not come at the expense of increasing NATO’s vulnerability to Russia. Congress will help the strategic interests of Europe and the United States by approving sanctions against Nord Stream 2 during its final session.” says the article.
US sanctions against Nord Stream 2: what is known?
- In October, the US State Department announced its decision to expand sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the near future.
- Later, the Kremlin called the new US sanctions against the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline raider competition.
- At the same time, Germany announced that the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream-2 would be completed, despite the position of the United States. At the same time, there is no exact date for the completion of construction.
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