The Russian Foreign Minister reacted to the desire displayed by the United States to prevent, with sanctions, the finalization of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He considered that Washington and its allies were “not reliable partners. “.
“These actions convince us of only one thing: we must rely only on ourselves, because the United States and its allies are not reliable partners”: this is how the Russian minister of the United States reacted. Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov to the desire displayed by Washington to derail the finalization of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
An American “special envoy” appointed to defeat the project?
During a press conference in Kazakhstan on April 8, the Russian minister commented on the information from the Politico media, according to which the Biden administration would be preparing to appoint “a special envoy to end” the gas pipeline project. connecting Germany to Russia.
“[Cet envoyé spécial] going to go here and there to threaten everyone. This is what this diplomacy looks like, which is not gunboat diplomacy, but diplomacy that uses new instruments of sanctions. But this policy arouses more and more criticism in the United States ”, commented Sergey Lavrov.
At the end of March, the day after his first bilateral meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, the new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken underlined that there was “no ambiguity” about the will of the Biden administration to oppose the construction of Nord Stream 2.
“I said [à Heiko Maas] that we would continue to monitor the activities aimed at completing or certifying the pipeline and, if these activities take place, we will take a decision on the applicability of the sanctions, ”he insisted.
As Reuters reports, 18 companies recently stopped working on the pipeline to avoid sanctions. Nord Stream 2 is supposed to double the capacities of its elder Nord Stream 1, operational since 2012, and guarantee the security of gas supplies to Western Europe via the Baltic Sea.