Biden clears way for Russian pipeline after blocking Keystone Pipeline in US

18 May, 2021 – Morgan Phillips , Rich Edson FOXBusiness

The Nord Stream 2 deal will transfer Russian gas to Germany via a pipeline running under the Baltic Sea.

The Biden administration will waive sanctions on the corporation and CEO overseeing the Nordsteam 2 pipeline construction, a source familiar tells Fox Business. 

But at the same time, the State Department is expected to send its 90-day report to Congress listing entities involved in the pipeline’s construction that deserve sanctions. The State Department will acknowledge that the corporate entity in charge of the project, Nord Stream 2 AG and its CEO, the Putin crony and former East German intelligence officer Matthias Warnig, are engaged in sanctionable activity, according to Axios, which first reported the news. 

The Nord Stream 2 deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime will transfer Russian gas to Germany via a pipeline running under the Baltic Sea. If completed, this new pipeline would double the amount of natural gas Russia transports directly to Europe and hand an enormous geopolitical victory to Vladimir Putin. 

In December, Congress passed legislation — the National Defense Authorization Act — that contained sanctions targeting companies and individuals involved in the Nord Stream 2 project.

Another source familiar with the issue tells Fox Business this conclusion had been hinted at weeks ago and that it signals the U.S. is not willing to sacrifice its close relationship with Germany over the pipeline. In February, Biden also froze former President Trump’s plan to withdraw American troops from Germany.

But on his first day in office, President Biden issued an executive order cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline at home in the U.S. 

Still, a State Department spokesperson condemned the pipeline and said others who are involved risk sanctions. 

“The Biden Administration has been clear that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is a Russian geopolitical project that threatens European energy security and that of Ukraine and eastern flank NATO Allies and partners,” the spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News. “We continue to examine entities involved in potentially sanctionable activity and have made it clear that companies risk sanctions if they are involved in Nord Stream 2. We will continue to underscore U.S. strong, bipartisan opposition to this Russian malign influence project.”

The U.S. will continue to sanction ships involved in the building of Nord Stream 2 even though it refuses to sanction the company in charge of the project. 

Currently, Russia has to transport gas through Ukraine on its way to Europe. Completion of the pipeline would allow Russia to freeze out its former client state Ukraine, now operating under a democracy. 

Halting the 95 percent complete project would require sanctioning German users of the gas as well, and the Biden administration is not willing to risk its relationship with Germany to do so. The pipeline could be completed as soon as this summer. 

The waiver of sanctions stands seemingly at odds with remarks Sec. Antony Blinken made in March. “President Biden has been very clear for a long time in his view that Nord Stream 2 is a bad idea,” Blinken said in a news conference. “So what I said was that we will continue to monitor activity to complete or certify the pipeline, and if that activity takes place, we will make a determination on the applicability of sanctions.”

The sanctions had bipartisan support, and Republicans were quick to call out the administration for waiving them. 

 “If these reports are true, they would indicate the Administration was never planning to do whatever it could to ‘prevent the completion’ of Nord Stream 2 – despite promises made to the contrary by Secretary Blinken in his confirmation hearing earlier this year,” GOP Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas, top Republican on House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement. “If the Putin regime is allowed to finish this pipeline, it will be because the Biden Administration chose to let it happen.”

“Stunning. In defiance of U.S. law, Biden is actively helping Putin build his pipeline,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wrote on Twitter. “Objectively speaking, the Biden administration is shaping up to be the most pro-Russia administration of the modern era.”

8 comments

  • For all the grief Trump got for speaking nicely about Russia but being very firm with them, once again, we have the opposite with the Democrats. Talking tough but then letting the ruSSo-invaders do whatthefuck they want! Did we really expect anything different than the Democrat bitches that laid down when Putin wanted Crimea? I have to apologize to everyone reading from Ukraine, sorry my President is all show and no go. I am Red-faced today. God help Ukraine now that it looks like the US is abandoning the resistance of the gas bypass.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    We have waited for months in anticipation as to what Biden would do to stop NSII and then he came out with something every bit as feeble as his character. What a shame! What a weak performance. What a disappointment! What a weak president!
    Mafia land and Germanystan are laughing at us like the monkeys that they are and at this dried-out prune of a leader … and the illegal invaders crossing our borders too.

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  • ‘“Stunning. In defiance of U.S. law, Biden is actively helping Putin build his pipeline,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wrote on Twitter. “Objectively speaking, the Biden administration is shaping up to be the most pro-Russia administration of the modern era.”
    That is appalling. It puts the Biden administration’s integrity at a level rapidly dropping down to that of Germany; a shit country with an evil past that subjugates itself to an evil fascist regime with an equally evil past.

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    • And today all I see is WONDERFUL NEWS that Superman Biden is repairing ties with Germany and Russia that Trump destroyed. All at Ukraine’s expense. Biden, just like Obama, can do NO WRONG. I’m going to be sick…….

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      • Biden and the krauts have just dealt Ukraine a savage blow. The Ukrainians will be hoping for the Greens to take power in Germany. They are now the only ones committed to stopping the damn thing.
        It looks like Biden wants to build closer relations with the frogs and krauts. Nothing good can come out of that.
        Another 3.5 years of this crap to come. I hope for a Rubio-led GOP administration next time.

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        • I just listened to the UK parliament and it looks like Labour is not very happy with leadership on how they are handling the sanctions and Ukraine in general. Thanks for the link. The initial feedback from journos in Ukraine is a familiar refrain that Ukraine must do everything alone. This is a sad day for democracy and the rule of law, especially when you give up your nukes for a piece of paper that’s worth nothing.

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          • It wasn’t Labour. Did you mean Stuart McDonald’s speech? Did you see the whole thing, including the Minister’s reply? It was a very good exchange and all the more welcome because Mr McDonald is an SNP MP. They are a party that is Russia-friendly. Their former leader; a real arsehole named Alex Salmond, has his own show on fucking RT; the shitshow that McDonald wants sanctioned; specifically its loathsome boss Simonyan.

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  • Gazprom shares initially jumped as much as 5% on the news Tuesday evening, before falling back at the start of trading in Moscow on Wednesday.

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