According to a media report, US President Joe Biden (78 years old) wants to drop sanctions on the controversial German-Russian pipeline Nord Stream 2. The US government will not take any actions against Nord Stream 2 AG in Zug and its managing directors.
Republicans in the US Congress responded indignantly to the Axios report on Tuesday. The senior Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCall (59), declared that if the Axios report was correct, it would be an indication that the Biden government never really wanted to block the pipeline.
“Russian project of malevolent influence”
“This pipeline is not a simple commercial project that could affect our relations with (the government in) Berlin. McCall criticized this Russian project for the malign influence that threatens to deepen Europe’s energy dependence on Moscow. “If the Putin regime is allowed to complete this pipeline, it will only be because the Biden government decided to allow it.”
Republican Senator Ben Sassi (49) accused Biden of granting Russian President Vladimir Putin (68) “tremendous strategic influence in Europe.”
Axios had previously stated that in an upcoming report to the US Congress on the construction sanctions for Nord Stream 2, the US State Department wanted only to impose punitive measures on a few other Russian ships.
Follows the official report this week
The ministry also wanted to state that Nord Stream 2 AG and its General Manager were involved in activities that could be punished. However, the ministry wants to cite national interests to justify waiving punitive measures.
The report is due to be presented to Congress every 90 days, and the deadline expires this week. The nearly completed Baltic Sea pipeline has been a major sticking point in European-American relations for years. (SDA)