The construction of the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 2 is economically and politically controversial, not only in Germany. Now, shortly before the completion of the German-Russian gas pipeline, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is getting involved in the debate. At a hearing in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives, Blinken reiterated the opposition of the administration of US President Joe Biden to Nord Stream 2.
“We are against it and will continue to be,” said Blinken on Wednesday. The pipeline violates the EU principles for energy security. His ministry is examining in detail whether further companies should be imposed on the basis of US sanctions laws for their cooperation in the construction of the Baltic Sea pipeline.
The senior Republican on the committee, Michael McCaul, called on the Democrat Biden administration to prevent the completion of the pipeline and to impose further sanctions on companies involved. Anything else would be a victory for Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, said McCaul. “We are deeply concerned that the government’s strong statements against the pipeline are not accompanied by equally strong measures.”
USA fear German dependence on Russia
So far, the US has only imposed sanctions against the Russian company KVT-RUS, which operates the Fortuna lay-ship, because of Nord Stream 2 – the government of the Republican US President Donald Trump announced these punitive measures shortly before the end of her term in January. In a report published last month by the US State Department under Blinken, contrary to expectations, no other companies were punished or threatened with punitive measures.
The US is up against the project because they fear that their partners in Europe are too dependent on Russia. US critics argue that the US wants to sell its own gas in Europe. According to Blinkens words, the pipeline is now 95 percent complete.