In Brussels on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated the hostility of the Biden government towards the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline currently being built between Russia and Germany and asserted that this was "ultimately in conflict with the EU's own security goals".
After a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Blinken also stated that the US must, by law, impose sanctions on companies participating in the Nord Stream 2 project, the State Department stressed in a statement last week.
"President Biden was very clear that he believes the pipeline is a bad idea, bad for Europe, bad for the United States," said Blinken.
Germany has pushed for the completion of the project, which is 95% built and is expected to bring 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually from Russia across the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing Central Europe.
Washington and most European governments fear that Nord Stream 2 will increase Europe's dependence on Russian energy and deprive Ukraine of the substantial fees it currently charges for Russian gas transit through its territory.
Eighteen European companies have already withdrawn from the project due to the threat of US sanctions, especially insurers that Russia had registered to finance the pipeline.
The Greens in Germany, who have become a serious candidate for power ahead of the parliamentary elections due in October, have made the discontinuation of the project an important part of their electoral platform.
From the archives (January 2021): Germany authorizes the resumption of work on the Russian natural gas pipeline, the sanction of which the US has threatened
The outlook: Pressure is mounting on Germany at home and abroad to abandon Nord Stream 2, and it risks disruption if the US imposes sanctions on the European companies working on the $ 11 billion project. If it refuses to move, Germany risks alienating the pro-European US government.