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U.S. Keeps Up the Pressure on Germany to Abandon Russia Pipeline

  • Blinken says Nord Stream 2 is not in line with EU interests
  • Secretary of State meets with German foreign minister Tuesday
A branded marker post alongside pipework at the Gazprom PJSC Slavyanskaya compressor station, the starting point of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, in Ust-Luga, Russia.

A branded marker post alongside pipework at the Gazprom PJSC Slavyanskaya compressor station, the starting point of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, in Ust-Luga, Russia.

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

The U.S. is maintaining the pressure on Germany over a new gas link to Russia, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisting the Nord Stream 2 pipeline runs counter to the interests of the European Union.

“It’s in contradiction to the EU’s own energy security goals,” Blinken told reporters in Brussels, ahead of a meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organization foreign ministers. “President Biden has been very clear in saying that he believes the pipeline is a bad idea, bad for Europe, bad for the United States.”