US and Germany reach agreement to allow completion of Nord Stream 2 pipeline Enlarge image
Workers at the Nord Stream 2 pipeline site in Kingisepp, Russia on June 5, 2019. REUTERS / Anton Vaganov / File Photo
LUS and German officials on Wednesday announced a deal allowing the completion of a controversial Russian-German gas pipeline, scandalizing Republican lawmakers who see the deal as a concession " from the Biden administration to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In a joint statement outlining the terms of the deal, Washington and Berlin pledged to counter any efforts by Moscow to use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for "aggressive political ends by using energy as a fuel. weapon ".
The two governments also said they will support a billion dollar fund for alternative energy and development projects in Ukraine, which is bypassed by the new gas pipeline, while Germany has promised to reimburse Kiev for the transit costs of lost gas until 2024, with an extension possible.ible for 10 years.
"The United States and Germany are united in their determination to hold Russia accountable for its aggression and malicious activities by imposing costs through sanctions and sanctions. 'other tools,' the statement read. party.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), A member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called the deal on Wednesday " a "terrible mistake " and "just another example of Joe Biden 's pathetic appeasement for Vladimir Putin.
Sen. Tom Cotton called the Nord Stream 2 agreement a " terrible mistake ". AP Photo / Alex Brandon
" First, it's going to cost Americans jobs, "Cotton told Fox News "The Faulkner Focus". "We produce natural gas in this country in sufficient quantities to be able to export it. We could sell our gas to Germany and Western Europe. Now Vladimir Putin is going to do it. sell to Europe. Second, it will hook Germany and other western European countries even more to Russian gas, which means we won't have as much influence on Russia in difficult times.It seriously undermines our allies and partners in Eastern Europe like Poland and Ukraine. "
" Consider what could happen if the winter is cold this coming year and Vladimir Putin threatens to cut off the gas entering Germany, threatens to cut off the gas flowing through Ukraine or Poland… ”Cotton added.
"Vladimir Putin now has much more influence over our European partners, and this gives him more freedom in places like Ukraine or the countries of Central Asia. So Vladimir Putin has a lot more influence and it also sends the wrong signal to the rest of the world, that Joe Biden is not tough enough to defend America's interests and defend our allies. "
Sen. Ted Cruz claimed that the deal was proof that President Biden "is in bed with Putin ". AP
Sen. Ted Cruz (R -Texas), described the deal as "a generational geopolitical victory for Putin and a catastrophe for the United States and our allies. President Biden is defying American law and surrendered completely to Putin. In decades , Russian dictators will still reap billions from Biden's gift, and Europe will still be subject tou Russian energy blackmail.
"We always knew Biden was in bed with Putin, now they're spooned out " Cruz added.
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"Oppose Russia 's Growing Influence in Europe should be a no-brainer, but Joe Biden just gave Putin the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, "former South Carolina Governor and United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tweeted.
"Biden killed thousands of American jobs by shutting down Keystone XL and undermined our energy independence, but now he's making Russia richer.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) , a prominent member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, warned that Russia "will use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a weapon of coercion against Ukraine and transatlantic energy security as soon as it becomes operational.The promises to invest in future Ukrainian energy projects and the ambiguous threats of consequences will not change this reality.
Even some Democrats have expressed skepticism about the deal.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement that she was "not yet convinced that this deal - or any bilateral deal - could provide enough assurances to our European allies and minimize the considerable economic impact and security implications of completing this pipeline. "
Early Wednesday, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland flatly denied reports that Ukraine had been warned about a public complaint about the deal. Meanwhile, the White House announced that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy "would meet with Biden in Washington on August 30.
In May, the State Department announced that he was removal of sanctions against the Russian company Nord Stream 2 AG based in Switzerland and its CEO, Matthias Warnig, a former East German secret police officer having close ties to Putin.
An agreement has been reached between the American and German authorities allowing the completion of the controversial pipeline. REUTERS
Last March this year Secretary of State Antony Ben described the pipeline, which would pass under the Baltic Sea, as "a project Russian geopolitics meant to
However, President Biden told reporters two months later because the pipeline was almost "completely finished ", the sanctions would be "counterproductive now in terms of our European relations. ”
Germany has successfully resisted US pressure to pull out of the pipeline, which is being built by Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom, the parent company of Nord Stream 2 AG. Germany is the sixth largest consumer of energy in the world and the largest consumer of natural gas.
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