Moscow: Nord Stream 2 Agreement Contradicts Biden-Putin talks

After the US and Germany agreed in a joint statement to fully support Ukraine, Russia considers that "Northern Stream 2" contradicts the US and Russian Presidential talks.

  • Russia filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights in response to the Washington-Berlin agreement.
    Russia filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights in response to the Washington-Berlin agreement.

Russia said on Thursday that the United States and Germany agreement on "Northern Stream 2" (Nord Stream 2) contradicts the talks between US President Joe Biden and Russian Vladimir Putin.

Russia submitted a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights, accusing the Ukrainian authorities of "blatant and systematic human rights violations."

The complaint accused "Kyiv authorities of killing civilians, unlawful imprisonment and mistreatment of individuals during the events of 2014, in addition to their full responsibility for the killing of passengers and crew members of the Malaysia Airlines plane, and the liquidation of politicians and journalists."

The complaint comes after the US and German State Departments affirmed they are "steadfast in their support for Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence, and chosen European path. We recommit ourselves today to push back against Russian aggression and malign activities in Ukraine and beyond."

The statement pointed out that "the United States and Germany are united in their determination to hold Russia to account for its aggression and malign activities by imposing costs via sanctions and other tools" in response to "Russian aggression." 

Washington had announced that it reached an agreement with Germany regarding the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, while the State Department said that "this commitment is designed to ensure that Russia will not misuse any pipeline, including Nord Stream 2, to achieve aggressive political ends by using energy as a weapon."

The White House announced yesterday, Wednesday, that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky will visit Washington to meet with his American counterpart, Biden, on August 30.