A high-ranking representative of the US administration believes that this does not affect the allied relations of the two countries.
Differences between Washington and Berlin regarding the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project remain, but this does not affect the allied relations between the two countries. This was stated on Tuesday at a special telephone briefing for journalists, which was dedicated to the first 100 days of the tenure of US President Joe Biden, a high-ranking representative of the US administration.
During the briefing, one of the journalists asked how the current US leadership, which pays great attention to relations with its allies, acts when the opinions of these allies and Washington differ on certain issues. As one example, she cited the situation with the “Nord stream-2” project.
In response, the official noted that the presence of an allied or close partnership does not mean that the parties agree on every issue. “But this means that in most cases, you basically share the same opinion in the strategic plan <…>. For example, in the situation with the German authorities, we made it clear that we consider “Nord stream-2″ to be a bad deal. They have a different point of view on this matter. We have taken steps, including some concrete steps, to highlight the extent to which we are committed to trying to get them to change their minds about this gas pipeline,” the official replied.
“But at its core, our relations with Germany, our relations with other key European transatlantic partners, are the cornerstone of our approach to the rest of the world, including Russia,” the representative of the Washington administration added. Washington openly opposes the construction of the “Nord stream-2” pipeline. It is making active efforts to block this project, primarily to strike at Moscow’s interests and support Ukraine as a country through which Russian natural gas transits to Europe. In addition, many experts point out that the United States is trying to “push” in this way the supply of its liquefied natural gas to the European market, which is much more expensive than the Russian pipeline. Over the past few years, the legislation adopted in the United States provides for the possibility of applying unilateral restrictive measures, including against companies involved in the implementation of the “Nord stream-2” project.