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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

U.S.-German Deal on Nord Stream 2 Expected Soon, Kyiv Told not to Criticize or Else

 The US and Germany have concluded a preliminary agreement on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline dispute, the AP agency reported on Tuesday. Polish Press Agency (PAP) confirmed that with a source in Congress.

According to the AP, as part of an agreement, the US would allow the project to be completed, and in return, Germany would make some concessions to Ukraine and Poland, although the details are unknown. Information about the conclusion of the agreement was confirmed by PAP's sources. Congressmen and their assistants received a briefing on the general terms of the deal.

Meanwhile, according to Politico, which cites four sources, Washington's representatives "quietly urge their Ukrainian counterparts to refrain from criticizing the upcoming agreement" with Germany.

The portal adds that the Biden administration was also supposed to warn Kyiv that the criticism could harm relations with the US. Diplomats also asked Ukraine not to inform about plans for a congressional agreement, where representatives of both parties are very critical of the gas pipeline.

On Tuesday, Derek Chollet, Undersecretary of State Derek Chollet, went to Kyiv, and he will later travel to Warsaw. Chollet is to inform both countries about the agreement with Germany on Nord Stream 2.

"Poland's position on this project is known, and nobody expects Poland to be happy about it. However, in the current situation in place of Warsaw, I would accept this agreement as a kind of lesser evil" - a source from American diplomacy told PAP. Sounds like a thinly veiled threat. Does it?

The announcement of Washington's agreement with Berlin is expected in the coming days, although not before Undersecretary Chollet visits Kyiv and Warsaw on July 20-23. On the other hand, the Wall Street Journal reported that the agreement could be announced on Wednesday. 

It is not hard to imagine that the suggestion to stay quiet and polite has something to do with a possible Abrams tanks deal between Poland and the US. When it comes to Ukraine, if the reports are accurate, President Biden knows well how to keep them quiet.

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