U.S. Department of State urges Europe not to go forward with Nord Stream 2
The European Union (EU) should not go forward with Nord Stream 2 over the Kerch Strait incident, a senior State Department official has said.
"Kerch incident should be a reminder to all of our European allies on why Nord Stream 2 is such a bad idea," U.S. Department of State reported, citing an unnamed senior official.
The official said that "the Kerch incident is a reminder that the less infrastructure you have, the less gas infrastructure you have bypassing Ukraine because of Nord Stream 2, the weaker the deterrent – deterrence is to Russian acts of military aggression."
The official said that the Nord Stream 2 issued was raised with the Germans on every occasion. The U.S. Department of state has seen some indications in recent conversations with German officials that they have absorbed the message that the Kerch incident is a naked act of aggression more plainly after the incident.