May 20, 2021 – 22:55
Some U.S. lawmakers have urged President Joe Biden to reconsider his decision to lift some sanctions on the North Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany.
Lawmakers have argued that the move is against “US national and transatlantic security interests.”
“We strongly believe that it is in the US national interest to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty and to protect Eastern Europe from Russian aggression,” lawmakers Marcy Kaptur, Andy Harris, Mike Quigley and Brian Fitzpatrick said in a joint statement.
President Biden’s administration on May 19 sanctioned several companies and ships for their work on the North Stream 2 project, but waived penalties for the construction company and its chief executive, Matthias Warnig.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the move was “in line with the commitment to strengthen transatlantic relations as a matter of national security”.
He also said the US administration would “continue to oppose the completion” of the $ 12 billion project.
The decision not to sanction North Stream 2 – a subsidiary of Russia’s Gazprom and Warnig – angered many Democrat and Republican lawmakers, but was hailed by the Kremlin and Berlin.
North Stream 2 is about 95 percent complete and the entire project could be completed by September.
The pipeline has been a point of contention between Berlin and Washington.
The pipeline is projected to transport 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas each year directly from Russia to Germany. He will also bypass Ukraine, an ally of the West