State Department spokesperson Ned Price threatened the status of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline during an interview with NPR on Wednesday, saying the project “will not move forward” should Russia invade Ukraine, despite uncertainty over whether the U.S. has such influence.

State Department Says Nord Stream 2 ‘Will Not Move Forward’ If Russia Invades Ukraine

Sebastian Hughes

State Department spokesperson Ned Price threatened the status of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline during an interview with NPR on Wednesday, saying the project “will not move forward” should Russia invade Ukraine, despite uncertainty over whether the U.S. has such influence.

“I’d make two points here. No. 1 – gas is not currently flowing through Nord Stream 2, and that’s important because it means that Nord Stream 2 right now is not operational. It is leverage for us,” Price told NPR. “I want to be very clear – if Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another, Nord Stream 2 will not move forward, and we want to be very clear about that.”

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline would connect Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea and would double the regime’s gas exports to the Western nation, BBC News reported. Price said he would not get into specifics on how the U.S. could stop the pipeline, but said it would work with Germany.

Germany, however, has only said it would not rule out sanctions against the pipeline, which is of great economic investment to major European businesses, BBC News reported. Annalena Baerbock, the country’s foreign minister, told parliament Western allies were “working on a strong package of sanctions” that would cover aspects “including Nord Stream 2” but stated she preferred to “continue the dialogue” with Moscow.

The pipeline has not yet become operational due to regulators’ conclusion it does not comply with German law, BBC News reported. Ukraine has been vehemently opposed to the project, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky previously describing it as a “dangerous geopolitical weapon.”

Russia has deployed about 130,000 troops to its border with Ukraine, citing security concerns as justification for the move, The New York Times reported. The U.S. delivered a written response to Russia’s concerns on Wednesday in the hopes of reaching a diplomatic solution.

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2 Replies to “State Department Says Nord Stream 2 ‘Will Not Move Forward’ If Russia Invades Ukraine”

  1. This sanction would hurt European allied countries far worse than it would hurt Russia, even if the U.S. could pull it off.

  2. Wow. You’d think Putin told them to concoct this lunacy. Europe has no choice. Must buy energy from Russia. It would extremely entertaining if Putin canceled all energy sales to Europe.

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