US Secretary of State Blinken: it is difficult to imagine the launch of Nord Stream 2 during the Russian invasion
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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that it was difficult for him to imagine the launch and operation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the event of a possible Russian “invasion” of Ukraine. His words are quoted by TASS.
He recalled that now gas is not supplied through this pipeline. “And if Russia resumes its aggression against Ukraine, then, of course, it will be difficult to imagine how gas will flow through it in the future,” Blinken said during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock following their talks in the State Department. …
Earlier, Klaus-Dieter Maubach, CEO of the German energy company Uniper, said that certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline could be completed by mid-2022. According to him, the launch of the gas pipeline will ease the situation on the European gas market, which is now experiencing a shortage of fuel.
On January 4, it became known that the United States was preparing a package of sanctions against Nord Stream 2. According to a spokesman for the US Republican Party, 60 out of 100 Senate votes are required to pass the bill, which implies restrictions on the gas pipeline.