Sunday, February 21, 2021

Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs: Nord Stream 2 drives a wedge between the allies. Biden silent on sanctions

 On Sunday, the head of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zbigniew Rau, praised US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) for her commitment to blocking Nord Stream 2, which, as he wrote, "threatens our energy security and drives a wedge between allies."

Senator Shaheen, on February 12, together with Senator Jim Risch, wrote to the administration of President Biden, in which she called for the implementation of sanctions blocking the further construction of Nord Stream 2. Both senators appealed in their letter not to delay the delivery to the US Congress of the report necessary for implementing sanctions against legal entities participating in the construction of the controversial gas pipeline.

The Russian-German gas pipeline's construction is opposed by Poland, Ukraine, the Baltic states, and the USA. Critics of Nord Stream 2 indicate that the project would increase Europe's dependence on Russian gas and extend the Kremlin's influence over European politics. The project is supported by Germany, Austria, and several other EU countries.

On Saturday, it was announced in Washington that at this stage, the US State Department would not introduce new sanctions against participants in the Nord Stream 2 project.