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The us secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday in Warsaw that the United States would do everything in their power to stop the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 linking Russia to Germany.
Mr. Pompeo has also pointed out the lack of willingness to compromise on the part of Washington on this subject, while Germany has operated on Tuesday for a rapprochement with the United States, promising to import as soon as the next few years as liquefied natural gas us and build the corresponding infrastructure.
According to the secretary of State, the gas pipeline the construction of which began last year, “carries the money,” to Russia, while hurting the rest of Europe.
“While this type of transaction certainly has a commercial aspect, it poses a huge security risk,” said Mr. Pompeo during a joint press conference with the Polish minister of foreign Affairs, Jacek Czaputowicz.
“I think the president Trump has been very clear on the fact that the United States will do everything in their power to ensure that the european security is at the forefront in regards to energy decisions “, he said to the question of whether the United States was considering sanctions.
The new pipeline should allow to double the capacity of the first Nord Stream, which transports gas from the Baltic coast of Russia to Germany. It is supported by France, but strongly criticized by the baltic states and Poland.
“We share the view that the project Nord Stream 2 does not serve the energy security of Europe, we consider it as a project failed, or even detrimental to the energy security on the continent,” said Jacek Czaputowicz.
The american secretary of State goes on tour in central and eastern Europe to counter the growing influence of Russia, which uses energy as a pressure element.
Ukraine is particularly concerned by the fact that Nord Stream 2 and the intended connection to Turkstream could allow Russia to eliminate it as a transit country – potentially exposing new military incursions from Moscow.
The visit of Pompeo took place while the us deputy secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette, participated in Germany to a conference on liquefied natural gas – a common understanding among the allies to reduce dependence on Russia.