“I would stop the pipeline. But it is not yet complete. Perhaps it can still be stopped,” he said in an interview with the German newspaper Der Spiegel.
Bolton believes that the project allegedly “harms Europe and the United States.”
When asked what is driving Washington’s actions against Nord stream 2 – the desire to sell its liquefied natural gas in Europe or fears that Germany and the EU will become energy-dependent on Russia – Bolton said that “both.” “Trump constantly talked about sanctions, but in the end did not impose them,” he reports.
On Wednesday, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the US had published recommendations under the law on sanctions against Russia, including the document “Nord stream- “and the second string of “Turkish stream.”
A representative of the German Cabinet said that after this, the position of the German government regarding the project has not changed. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Berlin would not change its location on “Nord stream-2” and would like to restore strategic relations between the European Union and Russia.
In turn, the Kremlin said that US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s threats of new sanctions against “Nord stream-2” are an attempt at the unfair competition and exerting harsh pressure on businesses in Europe.
Representatives of Republicans and Democrats in the US Congress supported additional sanctions against Russian gas pipeline projects.
It is worth noting that Washington is not currently going to impose sanctions against companies that are building “Nord stream-2” and the second branch of the “Turkish stream.” The US State Department explained that it would impose these sanctions if it deems it appropriate.