Moscow never uses energy resources for pressure, – Russian Ambassador on Nord Stream 2
Commenting possible sanctions against Russia, the diplomat stated that only the UN Security Council is empowered to resolve such issues
The Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States of America Anatoly Antonov criticized the agreement between the United States and Germany regarding Nord Stream 2, which contains the threat of sanctions if the pipeline is used as a tool against Ukraine. He claimed this on Facebook of Russian Embassy in the USA.
“The document raises serious questions and even misunderstanding in terms of political attacks against Russia. The hostile tone towards our country fundamentally contradicts the spirit of the talks between the two presidents on June 16 in Geneva. Attempts to present us as an aggressor and a country conducting “malicious” activities have long become the hallmark of Russophobes. Threats against us are groundless and useless. We do not accept such rhetoric, just as we cannot accept the practice of illegitimate unilateral sanctions. Only the UN Security Council has a mandate to do this,” Antonov noted.Related: Germany to get from Russia extension of agreement on gas transit via Ukraine after 2024
He highlighted that through many years of honest interaction with Europe and other consumers of Russian hydrocarbons, Russia has proved that it is a reliable partner.
“We have never imposed our supplies on anyone, did not use energy resources as an instrument of political pressure and did not try to solve any narrowly opportunistic goals attributed to us. We reject any accusations in this regard. We see nothing but unfair competition in such attempts,” the diplomat added.Related: Ukraine, Poland to oppose alongside Nord Stream 2 launching
He once again reminded that the construction of Nord Stream 2 and any other Russian export pipelines is the subject of commercial agreements with those states that are interested in Russian gas. Russia is ready to supply exactly as much hydrocarbons as consumers need.
As it was reported earlier, there is a Joint Statement of the US and Germany on Support for Ukraine, European Energy Security and Climate Goals in the context of the upcoming launch of Nord Stream 2 on the website of German Federal Foreign Office. The document notes the possibility of sanctions against the Russian Federation, including restrictions on energy resources export, if Moscow tries to use the NS 2 gas pipeline as a weapon against Ukraine. The statement also talks about the need to continue Russian gas transit through Ukrainian territory after 2024.