According to the journalist of the CNN, Natasha Bertrand, the sanctions are part of a package of measures taken by the United States and its allies against Russia in response to the recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics by the Russian authorities.
The United States on Wednesday is preparing to impose sanctions against the operator of the “Nord Stream-2” gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 AG. This was reported on Twitter with reference to sources in the U.S. administration by CNN journalist Natasha Bertrand.
“It is expected that the administration of [U.S. President Joe] Biden will announce today that it approves the application of sanctions to Nord Stream 2 AG, responsible for the construction of the Russian “Nord Stream-2″ gas pipeline, and its CEO after such sanctions were blocked last year,” the journalist noted.
According to her, these sanctions are part of a package of measures taken by the United States and its allies against Russia in response to the recognition by the Russian authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR).
In 2021, the German government sent a report to the German regulator that certifies the gas pipeline, stating that this project does not threaten the energy security of Germany. On Tuesday, this report was withdrawn due to the situation around Donbas, which means that certification will be suspended indefinitely. According to the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection of Germany Robert Habeck, this step is not inherently sanctioned and does not stop the project forever. Within a few months, according to him, the report will be sent in a new edition, taking into account the new situation.
The Ukrainian authorities believe that the “Nord Stream-2” project carries national security risks and threatens the security of gas supplies to Europe. They accuse Russia of using gas supplies as a “geopolitical weapon”. At the same time, the Russian side has always stressed that this project is commercial, implemented jointly with European partners and Moscow has never used energy resources as an instrument of pressure. The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov expressed bewilderment at the attempts of a number of countries to determine the fate of the gas pipeline by politically motivated circumstances.