MOSCOW, March 13 – RIA Novosti. The administration of US President Joe Biden is in a difficult situation because of the desire to impose sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline “Nord Stream 2”, writes Politico, citing sources.
According to the publication, the American leader found himself in a delicate diplomatic situation due to new sanctions against the gas pipeline, which, according to the portal's interlocutor, are being prepared in Washington. Biden wants to both stop the construction of Nord Stream 2 and strengthen relations with Germany, which is in favor of completing the project.
“We are between two fires,” said one of the interlocutors of the publication from the White House.
In addition, the administration is being pressured by both parties in Congress to take concrete action.
As the newspaper writes, on Thursday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken held a briefing for members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but was unable to clarify the measures taken against the Russian gas pipeline, which caused a negative reaction from congressmen.
In addition, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz has blocked William Burns's candidacy for the post of director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and said he would oppose this appointment until the Biden administration expands sanctions against Nord Stream 2.
The Russian project involves the construction of two trunk lines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. It will also pass through the territorial or exclusive economic zones of Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
The United States is promoting its liquefied natural gas to Europe and is trying to prevent the completion of the Russian gas pipeline. In December 2019, Washington imposed sanctions on the companies involved in the project, as a result of which the Swiss Allseas immediately ceased operations. Laying resumed a year later: in December 2020, Nord Stream 2 AG, using the Fortuna pipelayer, laid 2.6 kilometers of pipes in German waters.