US Threatens Sanctions if Russia Engages in ‘Malign Activities’ Over Nord Stream 2

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States will use sanctions in opposition to Russia if Moscow engages in malign exercise regarding the Nord Stream 2 challenge, a senior administration official instructed reporters on Friday.

“The United States and Germany will not tolerate Russia using energy as a geopolitical weapon in Europe,” the official stated. “We are committed to working together with our allies and partners to impose significant costs on Russia including in the areas of sanctions and energy flows if it engages in these malign activities.”

Moreover, a senior State Department official instructed reporters that the United States has consulted carefully with Ukraine, Poland and different nations whereas engaged on the Nord Stream 2 cope with Germany.

US-German Nord Stream 2 Deal Statement Sends ‘Clear Message’ to Moscow

The official added that the joint assertion by the US and Germany on the deal sends a transparent message that they won’t stand for Russia utilizing vitality as a geopolitical weapon.

In his flip, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany and the US have discovered a constructive resolution to the Nord Stream 2 challenge.

Earlier, Germany and the United States printed a joint assertion, which refers to measures to help Ukraine, European vitality safety and customary objectives for local weather safety. It formulates a lot of circumstances for the operation of Nord Stream 2.

The virtually completed challenge, led by Russia, entails direct pure gasoline transit from Russia to Germany. Washington has frequently slapped sanctions on firms and people engaged in Nord Stream 2 as a vocal opponent of the challenge and a self-proclaimed defender of Europe’s vitality independence.

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