In deal with Germany, US threatens to block Russian gas pipelines
The announcement was made in Washington last week after Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Mr Biden, who said during the visit that the two leaders agreed that they were “united in our belief that Russia should be treated with energy as a weapon.” Shouldn’t be able to use it.”
“As you know, I had a very fruitful discussion with Angela Merkel,” Biden said on Wednesday night. “She is working, and the German government, is working on commitments that show that if Russia really takes pains to deliberately hurt Ukraine and other countries, they will respond.”
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has urged Congress to try to stop the project with sanctions, will visit in August, White House officials said on Wednesday.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas called the deal with Germany “a generational geopolitical victory” for Russian President Vladimir V. Putin and “a catastrophe for the United States and our allies.”
Mr Cruz, whose components in Texas include major energy exporters, has over the past several months withheld confirmation from several Biden administration officials that the United States blocks pipelines from being completed. “President Biden is defying US law and has completely surrendered to Putin,” he said in a statement. “Decades from now, Russian dictators will still be recovering billions from Biden’s gifts, and Europe will still be subject to Russian energy blackmail.”
Senator Gene Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, said he welcomed diplomatic efforts with key European allies. But, she said, “I have long argued that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline should not be completed because it empowers the Kremlin to spread its deadly influence across Eastern Europe, threatening the economic security of our European partners.” and jeopardizes our global stability.”
“I continue to believe in him,” she said.
State Department officials balked at the suggestion that the Biden administration had surrendered and noted that President Donald J. US sanctions related to the project were imposed against 19 entities since Mr Biden took office, compared to two during Trump’s tenure.
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