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U.S. Secretary of State: It's not on us to stop Nord Stream 2

Christian Fernsby |
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken seemed to acknowledge that the project may be a done deal.

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When asked during an interview with CNN on whether there is anything the U.S. can do to stop the completion of the Russian gas pipeline, Blinken said that “ultimately, that’s up to those who are trying to build the pipeline and complete it.”

His comments, during an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” that was taped Thursday and broadcast Sunday, come amid ongoing pressure from U.S. lawmakers for the Biden administration to clarify why it is not fighting harder to try and block Nord Stream 2.

“President Biden’s been very clear for a long time that he thinks the pipeline is a bad deal and a bad idea. It undermines European energy security. In fact, it undermines the very principles that the Europeans agreed on about the need to diversify energy sources and supply to make sure they’re not reliant on any one country, especially not Russia,” Mr. Blinken said.

“It is potentially harmful to Ukraine, to Poland, to other countries. It gives Russia more of a weapon, using energy as a tool of coercion. So, we think it’s a bad idea, and it was important for us to be able to tell that directly to our close partners in Germany,” he said. “Congress feels the same way, and we have sanctioned companies, based on the law, that are participating in trying to build the pipeline.”

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