The US contradicts itself when it calls on the European Union (EU) to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on Facebook.
According to her, at present Washington is convinced that this project is aimed at “bypassing Ukraine and splitting Europe.” “Some fantastic. On March 5, 2014, The Washington Times published an article with exactly the opposite headline: “[40th US President Ronald] Reagan's administration warned that Russian gas supplies through Ukraine would weaken the West,” Zakharova recalled. In particular, the material claimed that in 1981 the head of state's advisers called for opposition to a new pipeline from Russia's oil and gas-rich regions to Europe, warning that this would weaken the position of the West.
Pentagon aides in the White House stated that the US strategy is aimed at “limiting the economic leverage of Soviet influence in the West,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman quoted a quote from the publication. “This is the dichotomy. The Russian pipe – where, when and no matter how it goes, no matter what treaties it is legitimized – has evoked one reaction from the United States for decades – political aggression and illegal opposition, ”Zakharova added.
A representative of the department appealed to Washington to play by the rules. “If you want to be a responsible player in the international economy, you have to play by the rules,” she said, recalling that this phrase was originally said by the 66th US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the context of Russian gas.
Earlier, the US Embassy in Berlin called on Germany and the EU to impose a moratorium on the construction of the gas pipeline. Such a decision would be a clear signal that the EU will no longer tolerate “Russia's persistent malicious behavior,” the diplomats decided.