Status: 19.05.2021 03:37 in the morning

According to a US media report, the Biden government plans to suspend new sanctions in the dispute over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Meanwhile, the White House affirms that it wants to block completion with all its might.

Written by Torsten Tishman,
ARD-Studio Washington

Every 90 days, the United States government is required to file a report to Congress that outlines the companies involved in building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline on the Baltic Sea and they could be punished for this. According to the Axios news site, the current filing again provides for economic fines for Russian ships, but also for Nord Stream 2 AG itself and its board of directors, former officer of Stasi Matthias Warnig.

However, the White House could suspend sanctions against the company and Warnig in the first place; In the interest of national security as it is said.

Biden appears to want to improve relations with Germany. On the other hand, the federal government plans to keep building the Baltic Sea pipeline against all odds.

Try to please everyone

The imposition of new sanctions and then immediately suspended by the United States appears to be an effort to please everyone: Democrats and Republicans have long demanded that construction work be done on Nord Stream 2.

A spokesman for the US State Department reiterated that the pipeline project threatens energy security in Europe, especially Ukraine. Secretary of State Blinken has always announced in the Senate that he wants to do everything in his power to prevent the completion of the natural gas route.

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