The Biden administration is expected to drop the US’s years-long opposition to a new natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany as early as today, earning swift backlash from top Republicans.
‘This is a terrible mistake, it’s a mistake that’s opposed by both parties in Congress. It’s just another example of the pathetic appeasement of Joe Biden for Vladimir Putin,’ Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton said on Fox News Wednesday.
On top of ‘costing’ American jobs, Cotton claims the move empowers Russia and ‘badly undercuts our allies and partners in Eastern Europe like Poland and Ukraine, who Joe Biden is now apparently pressuring to stay silent.’
Senator Ted Cruz said it amounted to Biden’s ‘total surrender’ to Vladimir Putin on Twitter.
Cruz also tweeted: If you’re Putin & you want to thank Biden for his multi-billion $ gift of Nord Stream 2, you can ask an oligarch to buy a $500K Hunter Biden painting.
‘Paying more than 3 TIMES what a Picasso just sold for ($150K). And the White House will keep it secret!’
Biden has promised he would be tough on Putin following a series of ransomware attacks on US businesses and infrastructure.
But Republicans believe dropping opposition to the pipeline is a national security threat and will undermine the energy independence of the United States.
Officials in Washington and Berlin reportedly reached an agreement that would allow the Nord Stream 2 pipeline – which was roughly within 62 miles of completion as of June – to finish construction.
U. S. officials under Presidents Obama and Trump opposed the pipeline, arguing it would strengthen Moscow’s influence across Europe.
The pipeline would also allow Germany to bypass an existing natural gas route through Ukraine by doubling the volume of gas exported directly to Germany from Russia – weakening the former Soviet state’s tenuous position in the region.
Nord Stream already includes one pipeline running from Russia to Germany. Both are owned by a company whose majority shareholder is Russian state gas company Gazprom.
Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox Business on Wednesday that the Biden administration’s abrupt policy shift is a ‘terrible tragedy’ that only benefits two parties – Russian oligarchs and German elites.
‘It undermines the Ukrainians, it undermines our friends in Poland, it undermines the United States and NATO. It is now the case that the Russians will have enormous influence over German energy,’ Pompeo said.
‘Imagine in a time of conflict if things go wrong – imagine what the Russians would do with that.’
He accused Biden of giving an ‘energy lifeline to the Russians.’
Officials familiar with the deal told the Wall Street Journal that measures to cushion Ukraine’s financial … (Read more)