Biden’s adviser opposes sanctions against Nord Stream 2

16:40, 15 January 2021 100
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Nicholas Burns, foreign policy adviser to Joe Biden, who won the presidential election in the US, believes that the sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline should be suspended, FAZ reports.

At the same time, the politician said that it is also necessary to suspend the work on the construction of the pipeline, which can contribute to the rapprochement of Germany and the US.

The countries of Europe should stop the construction of the gas pipeline, and the US should suspend the sanctions. This will provide an opportunity to confidentially discuss the issue with the German government and other interested states, Burns said.

Construction of the 1,230-kilometer (764-mile) gas pipeline that will deliver Russia’s natural gas to Germany was halted after US sanctions in December 2019, when all but 160 kilometers of the link had been put in place.

Construction of a 2.6-kilometer section in German waters resumed and was finished last month amid risks of tighter US restrictions.

Recovery of the already laid pipes in Danish waters will start in the second half of January, and the new laying operation there will begin around the same time.

The Landtag (parliament) of the federal state of Germany Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has approved by a majority vote the initiative of the local government to create an environmental foundation, which, among other things, will protect the rights of participants in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, reported earlier.