By okaying Nord Stream 2, Joe Biden has put the western alliance in jeopardy

Rather than strengthening the Western alliance, the president has placed it in far greater jeopardy

Con Coughlin

. DEFENCE EDITOR. 25 July 2021 •

Russian President Vladimir Putin must be rather confused about the mixed messaging he is getting from the Biden administration. It was only last month, on the eve of the G7 summit, that US President Joe Biden was talking tough about confronting the Kremlin’s constant efforts to undermine the West, warning that Russia faced “robust and meaningful” consequences.

At his first summit with the Russian leader in Geneva a few days later, he boasted that he was meeting Mr Putin “to let him know what I want him to know.” For good measure, the US, together with allies such as Britain, staged a military show of force in the Black Sea, which involved the Royal Navy’s Type-45 destroyer HMS Defender sailing close to the disputed Crimean peninsula to deter further acts of Russian aggression.

And yet, little more than a month later, the American president has done a complete U-turn by agreeing a deal with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to complete construction of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipelinefrom Russia to Germany.
Not only does the agreement reverse Washington’s long-standing opposition to the project, which will provide Moscow with the ability to dominate Europe’s future energy supplies, it also represents a blatant betrayal of Washington’s so-called allies in Eastern Europe which believe they will be far more vulnerable to Moscow’s bully-boy tactics if Russia no longer has to rely on them to supply energy to Western Europe.

Once the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is 98 percent finished and will carry gas from Russia’s Arctic region to Germany through the Baltic Sea, becomes operational, Russia will cease depending upon on countries like Ukraine and Poland for transit rights to supply Western Europe with energy, which, as Republican opponents of the pipeline have argued, leaves them dangerously exposed. This is particularly true of Ukraine, a country constantly menaced by Mr Putin and which a number of Nato members, including the US and Britain, are committed to defending.

In a joint statement, the governments of Poland and Ukraine said that Mr Biden’s decision “has created a political, military and energy threat for Ukraine and Central Europe, while increasing Russia’s potential to destabilise the security situation in Europe, perpetuating divisions among Nato and European Union member states.”

If that is the case, then why on earth has Mr Biden placed the security of the Western alliance in such obvious peril?

The justification Mr Biden offered is both confused and illogical. Washington says that while, in principle, it remains opposed to the pipeline, it believes maintaining that position, especially as the pipeline is almost completed, “risked undermining a critical alliance with Germany, as well as with the EU and other allies.”

But how reliable are the Germans, at least from Washington’s perspective, as allies in the first place? Mrs Merkel enjoys a strange relationship with Mr Putin, always seeking to excuse his behaviour and giving him the benefit of the doubt. The entire German political establishment seems to have a blind spot so far as the Kremlin is concerned. Former Social Democrat Chancellor Gerhard Schroder has made a fortune sitting on the boards of several Russian energy companies, including Nord Stream 2, and is so close to Mr Putin that he refused to accept that Russia was behind the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Germany’s pro-Kremlin stance has even put it at odds with the EU, which has belatedly woken up to the threat Mr Putin poses and is seeking to reduce its dependence on Russian energy, not increase it, as will be the case when the pipeline comes on stream.

Nor should any credence be given to Moscow’s insistence that it will not use energy to blackmail its neighbours. Russia used precisely this tactic in 2006 when it turned off Ukraine’s gas supplies during a dispute.

So instead, as Mr Biden claims, of strengthening the Western alliance, the president has placed it in far greater jeopardy.

6 comments

  • Trolls who post lies and hate on behalf of a psychopathic poisoner who runs a defacto nazi regime are lower than slugs in the food chain. Con Coughlin has strong links with the British intelligence community and whenever he publishes an article concerning Russia and Ukraine, they are ordered to assemble en masse. When I challenge their kremkrapp, they have developed a new response : they accuse me (and anyone else who challenges them) of working for the 77th Brigade of the British Army. This is a formation from 2015 that delivers influencing activity and products across a range of communication types and platforms. It seems to have been created partly as a response to the kremkrapper troll farms. My advice to this brigade is to increase its budget. By 1000%.

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  • A company co-founded by Hunter Biden; Rosemont Seneca Partners, received money from Russia. The Senate report, released in September 2020, said the firm linked to Hunter Biden received $3.5 million from Elena Baturina, the widow of former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov. The senators said they did not know the purpose of the payment. Did Joe; referred to on Hunter’s laptop as ‘the big guy’, get his usual 10% cut?
    Russia is a gigantic gas station run by a psychopathic poisoner who manages to buy influence all over the world. This latest surrender is likely due to kompromat, corruption or both. Biden should have to face impeachment for this nonsense, but will probably beat the rap because of his feeble cognitive capabilities. 

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  • onlyfactsplease

    It is a fact that the United States is the cement that holds together the Western world in particular when it comes to facing its enemies. Biden, who is NOT my president, has taken a hammer and chisel to this bonding material and chips away at it ever so more. He has single-handedly and in a very short time of only a half year in office done more damage to the US and its allies than Liili-putin could hope to do on his own in ten years’ time. I do hope very much that our Congress will put a stop to this fool. The sooner the better.

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    • I guess we’re stuck with Biden or some Marxist that replaces him if he goes off to the funny farm, for another 3 years.
      For the well being of our true allies, I hope that Marco Rubio, or a president with a similar world view takes power.
      The EU and Nato have both lurched towards the nazi rodent.
      A new trade, military and intel sharing alliance needs to be built urgently, consisting of The Five Eyes, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Pribaltika, Sweden, Holland, Japan and South Korea needs to be formed. Only nations that will fight putler can be allowed to apply.
      France and Germany are lost to Russia. Possibly some of the other putler groveler countries could be persuaded to switch.
      I’d be looking at Romania, Czechia, Turkey and India as possible candidates.

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      • onlyfactsplease

        I agree. The old alliance is nothing but a shell of its former self, hollowed out by worthless appeasing politicians who have no foresight, no dignity, no courage and no brains. It cannot fulfill its old role as had been expected.

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        • The French are probably the strongest. The German military has become a joke, and the Brits continue the destruction of their once fine military. The welfare state has become far more important, and idiots head those countries.

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