The USA contradicts itself when it calls on the European Union (EU) to stop the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. This was stated by the Russian Foreign Ministry official representative Maria Zakharova on Facebook.
According to her, Washington is now convinced that this project is aimed at “bypassing Ukraine and splitting Europe”. “This is fantastic. On March 5, 2014, The Washington Times published an article with exactly the opposite title: “The administration of [40th President Ronald] Reagan warned that Russian gas supplies through Ukraine would weaken the West,” Zakharova recalled. In particular, the material stated that in 1981, the head of state’s advisers called for countering a new pipeline from Russia’s oil and gas-rich regions to Europe, warning that this would weaken the West’s position.
Pentagon aides in the White House stated that the U.S. strategy was aimed at “limiting the economic levers of Soviet influence in the West,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman quoted. “This is the dichotomy. The Russian pipe – where, when and howsoever it goes, no matter what treaties legitimize it – has caused the U.S. to react for decades in the same way – political aggression and illegal opposition,” Zakharova added.
The agency representative called on Washington to play by the rules. “If you want to be a responsible player in the international economy, you have to play by the rules,” she said, recalling that the phrase was originally said by 66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the context of Russian gas.
Earlier, the U.S. Embassy in Berlin called on Germany and the EU to impose a moratorium on gas pipeline construction. Such a decision would send a clear signal that the EU will no longer tolerate “Russia’s constant malicious behavior,” the diplomats decided.