Ukrainian Rada Speaker Appeals to US Congress to Prevent Nord Stream 2 Completion

In the wake of the presented agreement between the US and Germany on Nord Stream 2, the speaker of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, Dmitry Razumkov, appealed to the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in an open letter to continue imposing sanctions related to controversial pipe project in order to prevent its completion.

Calling Nord Stream 2 a geopolitical project aimed at creating energy dependence on the Russian gas in the European countries, Razumkov also called on Congress not to approve any agreement that could pose a threat to the energy security of Europe and to the national interests of Ukraine and the US. 

He reminds that Nord Stream 2 is in conflict with the requirements of the EU’s Third Energy Package and further improves Russia’s ability to abuse its dominant position in the European energy market, narrowing the diversification of the energy supplies to European consumers.

Razumkov also stressed that this project should be viewed as part of the aggressive policy that Russia is deploying not only against Ukraine, but also against the entire Western world.

The Ukrainian Rada adopted on May 21 a resolution calling for efforts to strengthen energy security of Ukraine and Europe by imposing sanctions on the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.

On July 21, the US and Germany issued a joint statement outlining their position on European energy security and common goals for climate protection, including a number of conditions regarding the operation of Nord Stream 2. 

US media previously informed that Ukraine was allegedly “quietly urged” by the Biden administration to hush its criticism of the US& German agreement regarding the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, with insiders arguing that Kiev’s opposition to the deal may damage relations between Ukraine and the US, said quoting unnamed sources.

Ukrainians aside, according to Axios, almost nobody is happy with the US-Germany deal on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz expressing outrage, the Democrats like Sen. Tim Kaine voicing concern and Poles expressing disappointment.

They all argue that the pipeline will make it easier for Moscow to isolate Kyiv and pressure Europe, pointing that newest deal doesn’t sufficiently address those concerns.

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