Nord Stream 2 Pipeline US Confident Germany’s Gas Pipeline Project Won’t Go Ahead If Russia…

A 10-billion-euro pipeline is set to double Russian gas supplies to Germany. (file)

Washington:

The United States is confident that Germany will not open the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Russia if Moscow invades Ukraine, a top US official said on Thursday.

“If Russia attacks Ukraine, Nord Stream 2 will not proceed,” State Department number three official Victoria Nuland told reporters.

“I think even today the statements coming out of Berlin are very, very strong,” she said.

Asked why the United States was confident, he said the pipeline has still not been tested or certified by German regulators.

“We will work with Germany to ensure that the pipeline does not go ahead,” Nuland said.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Barbock told parliament on Thursday that her government was working with Western allies on a strong package of sanctions “including Nord Stream 2” if Russia invades Ukraine.

Germany controversially pursued the pipeline with Russia, an important source of gas for Europe’s largest economy, despite concerns that it could reduce Ukraine’s leverage by allowing Moscow to bypass its neighbor. Will give

President Joe Biden drew domestic criticism last year by not banning the operator of Nord Stream, arguing that the pipeline was nearly finished, but his administration was understanding to use the project as leverage with Germany instead. I came in

Nuland also said that the United States had asked China, like Russia, to discourage action by Russia, an American adversary – Moscow, which has amassed thousands of troops along Ukraine’s borders.

“We are calling on Beijing to use its influence with Moscow to urge diplomacy because if there is a conflict in Ukraine, it will not be good for China either,” Nuland said.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke about the crisis in a phone call with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at Washington time late Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Beijing next month for the Olympics, which the United States is officially boycotting because of human rights concerns.

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