President Biden thinks Nord Stream 2 is a bad deal. This was stated during a briefing by the press secretary of the White House Jen Psaki.
“This is a bad deal because it divides Europe, subjects Ukraine and Central Europe to manipulation by Russia and because it runs counter to Europe’s stated energy and security goals,” she said.
Last week, several US Republican lawmakers criticized the administration for failing to provide, as requested by Congress, a list of individuals and entities to be subject to existing sanctions.
“We continue to monitor the completion or certification of the pipeline, and if such activities take place, we will decide whether to impose sanctions,” said Jen Paski. “They are just one of many important instruments for ensuring energy security. Therefore, we will also work with our allies and partners to strengthen European energy security. ”
In turn, the State Department said that the United States continues to study firms that are involved in the construction of the pipeline bypassing the sanctions.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said the report, provided by the US Foreign Office at the request of Congress, included a list of more than 15 organizations that have made efforts to wind down activities related to the construction of Nord Stream 2. This, he said, means that these companies are not subject to sanctions.