Ukrainian lobbyists, namely representatives of “Naftogaz” and the Center for energy research, were involved in developing sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline “Nord stream-2,” they managed to push the appearance of the corresponding bill in Washington, Wall Street Journal reports.
The publication found out that Vadim Glamazdin, an adviser to the Chairman of the Board of Naftogaz of Ukraine, and Alexander Kharchenko, head of the energy research Center, have been active in Washington for the past four years.
“Over the past year, US officials and anti-Russian hawks on Capitol Hill have been closely monitoring the movements of a Russian ship that sailed from the Russian Far East around Africa to the Baltic Sea,” the newspaper notes.
According to the publication, the first attempts of Ukrainians to disrupt the construction of the Nord stream-2 by the United States’ hands were conducted back in 2016. Glamazdin and Kharchenko wrote letters to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, but American Ministers ignored them.
However, the Ukrainians did not give up and appealed to the lobbyist Daniel Vidich, who was a member of the US Senate Committee on foreign relations. He suggested applying the approach to “Nord stream-2” that worked when ExxonMobil and Rosneft imposed sanctions on the project when the Russian oil giant was restricted access to key technologies, and ExxonMobil itself broke the contract.
Later, Glamazdin and Kharchenko attracted some analytical centers that were looking for a vulnerable point of the project, and it was found. It was emphasized that the Russian Federation does not have vessels that can lay pipes on the bottom of the Baltic Sea at great depth. Denmark also prohibited ships from anchoring in some areas because of the risk of running into an unexploded shell from the Second World War.
Gazprom circumvented this requirement by agreeing with the Swiss firm Allseas Group SA, whose vessel could lay pipes without anchoring.
Before that, the Ukrainians went through Vaidich to Senator Ted Cruz and Jeanne Shaheen, who developed and introduced the corresponding bill. This is how Gazprom’s contract with Allseas was dealt a blow, forcing the company to recall its pipelayer.