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Feb 22, 2021
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Poland and Ukraine urged Biden to “end” SP-2

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba called on US President Joe Biden to “put an end” to the construction of Nord Stream 2. Their appeal was published by Politico magazine.

Diplomats argue that Moscow is pushing its interests in the world through energy supply and has been “allowed to go too far” in implementing the project.

The ministers expressed the opinion that the gas pipeline would strengthen Russia’s control over gas supplies to Europe and convince the Ukrainian public that the West does not care about its principles, as well as about the security and prosperity of Ukraine.

“We call on US President Joe Biden to use all the means at his disposal to prevent the completion of the project,” the publication said.

Rau and Kuleba added that the position of the United States “is critically important in the implementation of the project, even against the background of the position of Germany, which expresses its support.”

A day earlier, a publication appeared in the German press, the authors of which claimed that the SP-2 presented Biden with a dilemma, since Washington wants to strengthen relations with Berlin.

It was also reported that the pipeline operator requested immediate permission from Germany to work in its waters.

On January 1, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of the FY2021 defense budget, which would expand sanctions against SP-2. As a result, the Norwegian company DNV GL and the Danish consulting firm Rambøll announced their withdrawal from the project.

Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova noted that SP-2 is a commercial project that will strengthen the energy security of Europe and will facilitate the transition to low-emission energy.

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