US Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Talks With Germany on Shelving Russian Gas Link
22:05 GMT 24.12.2021 (Updated: 21:19 GMT 19.10.2022)
© Sputnik / Dmitry LelchukConstruction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Germany
© Sputnik / Dmitry Lelchuk/
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US senators pushed President Joe Biden to talk to the new German government about putting Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on ice, in an article published Friday by The Washington Post.
Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH), who took part in a video call of some 20 Congress members with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, have accused Russia of using energy resources as a weapon against Europe after it was hit by a pandemic-driven gas supply crunch.
"The administration should work closely with the new German government to keep the pipeline from becoming operational; it is in Europe's best interests to deny [President Vladimir] Putin another arm of influence over our allies", they wrote.
The senators called on Biden to reimpose sanctions on the subsea gas link. Nord Stream 2 was completed in the fall but its certification process by Germany has stalled and a decision is not expected until mid-2022. Ukraine and Poland stand to miss out on gas transit fees if the pipeline becomes operational.
24 December 2021, 13:55 GMT
Russia has repeatedly urged against politicising the project, expressing readiness to keep gas transit via Ukraine.