Washington’s position on Nord Stream – 2 “remains invariably negative, reported recently Jennifer Psaki White House Press Secretary…
“Our position regarding Nord Stream 2 was clear and remains unchanged. President Biden made it clear that Nord Stream 2 is a bad deal. <...> We continue to monitor the pipeline completion or certification activities, if such activities take place, we will decide on the applicability of the sanctions. <...> Of course, we will do all this in coordination with our allies and partners, but our position has not changed, ”said Psaki.
According to Bloomberg, on Friday, February 19, the United States may publish a report with the next sanctions against Nord Stream – 2 “. According to agency sources, restrictions will be imposed on “a small number of organizations associated with Russia.” But Washington plans to refrain from sanctions against German companies associated with SP-2. Restrictions on enterprises from Germany were being prepared by the administration of former American leader Donald Trump in the last weeks of his presidency, but she did not have time.
As the German edition of Deutsche Welle previously wrote with reference to the German environmental non-governmental organization Environmental Action Germany, Berlin tried to “buy out” from Washington the sanctions against Nord Stream – 2 “: German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz promised to assist in the import of liquefied natural gas from the United States in exchange for lifting sanctions from the pipeline. However, later Germany denied the existence of such a deal.
And later, a source from RIA Novosti reported about the negotiations between Germany and the United States on lifting sanctions on SP-2. “Negotiations at the ministerial level are underway, proposals are being exchanged, and this is encouraging, the chances of success are still difficult to predict,” said the agency’s interlocutor. According to him, a scenario with the allocation of 1 billion euros by the German Ministry of Finance for the construction of two terminals in Germany for receiving American LNG is quite likely.
The second branch of Nord Stream was supposed to be put into operation at the end of 2019, when the United States introduced against the Russian gas pipelines (Turkish Stream and Nord Stream – 2 “) sanctions that applied to pipe-laying vessels. The Swiss company Allseas immediately withdrew its ships from the Baltic Sea, and Russian pipelayers were sent to complete the SP-2.
In January, the United States imposed sanctions on the Russian pipelayer Fortuna involved in the construction of Nord Stream – 2 “, and the owner of the vessel – the company” KVT-RUS “.