US-German Agreement on Nord Stream 2 Includes Possible Sanctions

Washington has announced that it reached a deal with Germany on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which the US State Department called a bad deal for Ukraine and for Europe more broadly.

  • An advertisement for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
    An advertisement for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

The United States announced on Wednesday that it reached a deal with Germany regarding the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which states that sanctions will be placed on Russia if it uses its gas supplies as a political weapon.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas welcomed Berlin and Washington's agreement on the pipeline, which is set to tie Russia and Germany, calling it a "constructive solution," adding in a tweet that his country "will work to secure gas transit via Ukraine for the coming decade."

Republican opponents of President Joe Biden were quick to condemn the deal, calling it a "gift" to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We continue to oppose the Nord Stream 2 pipeline,” State Department Spokesperson Price said. “We view it as a Kremlin geopolitical project that is intended to expand Russia’s influence over Europe’s energy resources and to circumvent Ukraine. We have made no bones about the fact that it is a bad deal for Germany, it is a bad deal for Ukraine and for Europe more broadly.”

Biden, who met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week, waived most sanctions on Nord Stream 2 that Congress had called for, under the pretense that it was too late to do so. Commenting on the matter Price said: "It did not make sense to sanction our allies over a project that was more than 90% complete on day one of this administration."

Biden is set to host Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on August 30th, in a show of support to the Ukraine.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is a gas pipeline that runs from Russia to Germany through the Baltic sea, and can transfer an average of 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year.