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The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany could not go ahead if Moscow invades Ukraine, the United States warned on Thursday, which called for a meeting of the Security Council on Monday. ‘UN.

The United States assured, Thursday, January 27, that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline expensive in Moscow would be stillborn in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Washington also seized the UN Security Council, calling for a meeting on Monday because of the “clear threat” posed in their eyes by Russia to “international peace and security”.

The fate of Nord Stream 2, a controversial gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, which Washington never wanted but which is now completed with Berlin’s blessing, will certainly be at the heart of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s upcoming visit to the White House on February 7 to meet with US President Joe Biden.

Accused of timidity and procrastination, the German government tried to clarify its position on Thursday. The “strong sanctions” being prepared by the West in the event of a Russian offensive also include Nord Stream 2, which is still awaiting commissioning, said the head of German diplomacy Annalena Baerbock.

Based on these words and on its “conversations” with Germany, the American government was even more categorical. “I want to be clear with you today: if Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another, Nord Stream 2 will not go ahead”, warned the number 3 of diplomacy American, Victoria Nuland.

“Clear possibility” of an invasion

President Biden called his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday and reassured him that the United States would respond “resolutely” in the event of a Russian invasion, with the two men discussing the possibility of increased economic assistance, according to a press release. American administration.

The Democrat also raised the “clear possibility that the Russians could invade Ukraine in February”, a date already mentioned by American intelligence, the spokeswoman for the American National Security Council said on Twitter.

The West therefore continues to put pressure on Russia, which has shown itself to be reserved, to say the least, the day after receiving written responses from the United States and NATO to its demands to break the current impasse.

“The ball is in their court”, “we hope that Moscow will study what we are offering them and return to the negotiating table”, said Victoria Nuland, reaffirming that in the event of “rejection” of this “offer of dialogue “, the sanctions would be “very painful”.

“Secondary Issues”

Russia is calling for a formal end to the enlargement of the Atlantic Alliance, in particular to Ukraine, and a return to Western military deployments on the 1997 borders.

The United States and NATO, unsurprisingly, formally rejected these key demands on Wednesday, while again opening the door to negotiations on reciprocal limits on the deployment of short and medium range missiles from the two rival nuclear powers in Europe. as well as military exercises near the opposing camp.

“We cannot say that our points of view were taken into account,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. The head of diplomacy Sergei Lavrov also noted the absence of a “positive response” to the main Russian claim. But he did not close the door to dialogue, noting that we could “hope for the start of a serious conversation on secondary issues”.

With AFP

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