The State Department reported on the plans of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to raise the topic of the construction of the “Nord stream-2” at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Free News reports with reference to a representative of the US department.
The talks will take place next week in Reykjavik as part of the head of the State Department’s tour of Northern Europe. In the United States, there were also plans to put relations with Russia on a more stable path.
According to the representative of the State Department, the United States strives for predictability in bilateral relations.
“We are not looking for escalation, we are looking for a more predictable and stable relationship. And I think there are areas where we can discuss these things with Foreign Minister Lavrov,” the official said.
He noted that the meeting is likely to discuss the topic of “Nord stream-2,” which also passes through the waters of Denmark.
The State Department official added that the US position on the construction is “clear.”
“We, like the Congress, have very clearly stated our view on “Nord stream-2″ – this is a Russian strategic project that undermines European security, European energy security. So we’ll see if these things are discussed,” the State Department official said. The United States actively opposes the construction of “Nord stream-2,” claiming that it allegedly undermines the energy security of Europe, while promoting its own reduced gas to the EU countries. In January, the US Senate voted on the defense budget for the fiscal year 2021. The document, among other things, provides for the expansion of sanctions against “Nord stream-2.”