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Most of the US legislators, regardless of party affiliation, reacted negatively to the agreement reached by the administration of President Joe Biden and the German authorities on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

According to Politico, Democratic Senator Tim Kaine said:

“’m not happy about it in terms of the Russia politics, and I’m not happy about it in terms of climate change.”

In turn, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen welcomed the “diplomatic efforts of the Biden administration” to negotiate Nord Stream 2 with Germany, which is an important US ally. 

“But I’m not yet convinced this agreement can sufficiently prevent Putin from using this pipeline as a weapon to exert political influence over Europe,” she tweeted.

Chief Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, quoted by the Associated Press, expressed confidence that Russia “will use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a weapon of coercion against Ukraine and transatlantic energy security as soon as it is operational. Promises to invest in future Ukrainian energy projects and ambiguous threats of consequences won’t change that reality.”

Senator Ben Cardin agrees with him, who believes that as soon as the pipeline is launched, “there will be insecurity.” “I’ve always felt that we should’ve stopped it. But now we’re at the point where it’s going to be very difficult to prevent its use,” he commented on his position to Politico.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz, in turn, called the agreement “a generational geopolitical mistake.” In his opinion, “Russian dictators decades from now will be reaping billions of dollars every year from Joe Biden’s gift.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican, has called on US lawmakers, along with a number of European countries, to oppose the completion of Nord Stream 2. “The WH agrees #NS2 is a Russian malign project, yet they continue to support its completion. Talk is cheap when your actions allow Putin to undermine the transatlantic alliance. We must stand with the vast majority of the EU in opposing this pipeline,” he tweeted.

In turn, Republican Senator Marco Rubio tweeted: “The Biden administration can make as many empty promises as they like and say,“ Diplomacy is back. ”However, this does not change the fact that the US President’s agreement on the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is reckless. Biden shows Putin that our country is ready to sacrifice friends like Ukraine.”

According to Rep. Anthony Brown, a Democrat, quoted by Politico, the US-FRG agreement is a reminder that “while we share many values with our NATO allies and EU partners, our interests are often not aligned.”

“I’m concerned that European nations will invariably increase their dependence on Russian national gas, both from a security and climate perspective,” he added.

Meanwhile, another prominent Democrat, Senator Chris Murphy, told the publication that the agreement between the US and Germany “isn’t perfect, but it’s a good outcome under the circumstances.” He noted that the idea that the US could stop the pipeline, which is 98% complete, “is based in fantasy, not reality.” According to Murphy, a break in US-German relations “would have come at an enormous, indefensible cost.”

Earlier it was reported that the United States and Germany agreed on a common position on the topic of “Nord Stream 2”. Berlin and Washington agreed to seek a 10-year extension of the agreement on the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine and reduce Ukraine’s dependence on the consumption and transit of Russian gas.

Germany pledges to create a “green” fund for Ukraine’s energy transition, appoint a special envoy to oversee the extension of the agreement on the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine, and take retaliatory actions if Russia uses energy supplies to put pressure on other countries.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki said the US administration will continue to consider the possibility of new sanctions in connection with the Nord Stream 2 project even after the deal with Germany.

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that Moscow did not use and does not use energy resources as an instrument of political pressure. 

In his opinion, the tone of the FRG-US agreement on Nord Stream 2 is “hostile” and “fundamentally contradicts the spirit of the talks between the two presidents (the US and the Russian Federation) on June 16 in Geneva.”

Photo by Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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