Controversial gas pipeline | Washington says Berlin is cooperating to “mitigate” the negative effects

(Washington) US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Tuesday that Germany is working with the United States to “mitigate” the negative effects of the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia. this project.

Joe Biden’s government decided at the end of May not to punish the main players of Nord Stream, linking Russia with Germany. Moscow welcomed the decision ahead of its summit between the US president and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, scheduled for June 16 in Geneva.

Anthony Blinken, criticized by Republican senators but also from his Democratic camp during a parliamentary hearing, estimated that the new US government had inherited a nearly completed gas pipeline – a “fait accompli” that would be impossible to stop.

“The worst possible outcome, in our view, would be a completed pipeline, the relationship with Germany is poisoned, and there is no incentive for Germany to work with us to mitigate the serious negative consequences” of this project, he said.

“The Germans are discussing with us now, and we are actively communicating with them,” he said.

Ukraine is particularly afraid of the construction of Nord Stream 2, which would allow Russia to sidestep its territory, depriving Kiev of the economic benefits associated with transit rights.

The foreign minister explained that one of the options discussed with the European allies of the United States was to guarantee Ukraine’s right to maintain transit rights for “many years”.

He added that Berlin was discussing with Washington potential measures that could be activated automatically if Moscow used gas as pressure on Kiev.

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“We ask our allies and partners to commit in advance to taking measures” to avoid disorganized reactions “if Russia does something wrong,” he explained.

Anthony Blinken also hinted that despite the pipeline’s construction, Washington is considering measures to make it more difficult to operate. “Even after it’s finished, it needs insurance to run, it needs multiple permits, and we’re monitoring that closely,” he said.

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