“The construction of the pipeline was started back in 2018. When we came to power in January of this year, the pipeline was already 90% complete,” Blinken said, answering a corresponding question in an interview with Spiegel.
“The almost complete completion of the construction of the pipeline is a fact. Therefore, we had to consider how best to use the bad situation that we got,” the US Secretary of State added.
Earlier, the White House stated that it would be difficult to prevent the construction of the gas pipeline since it is almost completed. On May 20, the United States announced that it had refused to impose sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG, which is implementing the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline project, explaining that it was in their national interests. However, then the United States imposed sanctions against Russian organizations and vessels under the “Nord stream-2” project.