The United States has reiterated that it does not support the launch of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and considers it a threat to European energy security, according to a joint statement on the U.S.-Ukraine strategic partnership published by the White House.
“The United States intends to continue using measures envisaged in legislation and energy diplomacy, including through the recent appointment of a senior advisor for energy security, to maintain Ukraine’s transit role,” the document reads.
In addition, it became known that the United States may impose sanctions against Russia if there is a threat to Ukraine’s energy security after the launch of the pipeline. This statement was made by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky after a meeting with a U.S. congressmen and talks with U.S. President Joe Biden.
As a reminder, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba noted that Ukraine will demand compensations in case of the launch of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
“We have formulated two principles according to which we can talk about compensation, if it comes to this conversation. One principle is security: how the security of the state will be guaranteed. And the second is to ensure the implementation of agreements. Because it is possible to agree with Russia, and even Germany can guarantee something in these agreements, but how to force Russia to adhere to the agreements is a big question to which there are no answers,” Kuleba said.
Experts believe that after the completion of Nord Stream 2, Ukraine will not only lose revenues from gas transit (from two to three billion dollars a year), but Ukraine’s GTS will have to be partially preserved or dismantled.
At least 18 European companies have stopped participating in the project or are in the process of withdrawing from it due to the threat of U.S. sanctions.