Secretary of State Blinken answered questions from senators about the pipeline project from Russia to Europe.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, said that Washington is working with Germany to mitigate any potential consequences of the completion of the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline.
He also pointed out that the project participants may face additional sanctions: “For the future, we certainly have the capacity to take action against those who provide insurance or other permits.”
For the second day in a row, the head of US diplomacy answers questions from lawmakers related to the pipeline project. The Biden administration opposes the project, saying it could increase Russian influence in Europe and harm Ukraine, which would lose lucrative transit fees for gas supplies.
Blinken assured that cooperation with Germany on this issue is a productive approach. “We want to make sure that the Europeans have taken the necessary steps to protect, mitigate and eliminate any adverse effects of gas passing through this pipeline,” he said.
The report, which the State Department sent to Congress in May, concluded that the Nord Stream 2 AG project operator and its CEO, Matthias Warnig, were involved in activities that could lead to sanctions. However, the State Department lifted the sanctions, saying that this step is in the national interests of the United States. Blinken said the pipeline’s construction is likely to be completed, given that it is almost finished, but added: “There is a difference between the physical completion of a pipeline and its commissioning.”