Acting U.S. Ambassador to Berlin Robin Quinville called on Germany and the European Union to declare a moratorium on construction of the Nord Stream – 2 gas pipeline. The diplomat said this in an interview with Handelsblatt.
According to her, such actions would become “a clear signal that Europe will no longer tolerate “Russia’s constant malicious behavior.
Quinville added that “Nord Stream 2” is not just an economic project, but also a “political instrument of the Kremlin. In her opinion, the goal of the project is “to circumvent Ukraine and divide Europe.
In response to an appeal from an American diplomat, an official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that time had returned the same proposal to the United States to play by the rules.
She recalled that in March 2014, The Washington Times published an article that the administration of U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1981 warned that Russian gas supplies through Ukraine could weaken the West.
“Advisors in Ronald Reagan’s administration called for a new pipeline from oil- and gas-rich regions of Russia to Europe, warning that it would weaken the West,” Zakharova wrote on Facebook. The diplomat added that “this is the dichotomy.
She noted that the Russian gas pipe, in any direction and under any legitimate agreements, has been causing the U.S. for decades the same reaction – political aggression and illegal counteraction.
On December 4 it was reported that extended sanctions against “Nord Stream-2” were included into the bill on defense budget agreed by both chambers of the US Congress.
At that, on December 1 Germany stated that it plans to create special fund for climate protection to circumvent American sanctions concerning the gas pipeline.
The “Nord Stream – 2” is being built from Russia to Germany along the Baltic Sea bottom. The pipe laying works were suspended due to the American sanctions introduced earlier, as the Swiss company Allseas withdrew its vessels from the Baltic Sea.