US secretary of state nominee talks on Nord Stream 2

08:24, 20 January 2021
US secretary of state nominee talks on Nord Stream 2 Photo: Jens Büttner/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB/Global Look Press

The administration of US President-elect Joe Biden will use every persuasive tool to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and will work to convince European partners not to move forward with it, Secretary of State Nominee Antony Blinken said, TASS reports.

Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he had not discussed the issue at length yet with Biden, but the administration will use ‘every persuasive tool’ available to persuade countries, including Germany.

Nord Stream 2 will connect Russia and Germany with two gas pipelines, which the United States is actively opposing. The gas pipeline was suspended in December 2019 after sanctions against the Swiss company Allseas. Construction continued in December 2020, with the Fortuna ship laying 2.6 km of pipes in German waters.

The gas pipeline sections in the Danish waters and about 28 kilometers in the German territorial waters remain unfinished. The Danish authorities have allowed Fortuna’s use for pipe-laying from January 15, while the works in the German waters may continue until the end of May. reported earlier that Washington had indeed sent Berlin a notice that it was going to impose sanctions against the Russian pipelayer Fortuna and its owner.