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No honest and sane person can believe that Putin supported Trump in 2020, after Trump worked to sell US LNG (liquified natural gas) to Poland, moved more US troops to Poland, and sanctioned NordStream 2.
The CEO of NordStream 2 pipeline, Matthias Warnig, is a former East German Stasi officer, who has been a friend of Putin, since Putin’s KGB days in Germany, when he worked with the Stasi.
“Russia’s energy giant Gazprom is the sole shareholder of the Nord Stream 2 AG, the company in charge of implementing the €9.5 billion ($11.1 billion) project. Gazprom is also covering half of the cost. The rest, however, is being financed by five western companies: ENGIE, OMV, Royal Dutch Shell, Uniper and Wintershall.” https://www.dw.com/en/nord-stream-2-gas-pipeline-what-is-the-controversy-about/a-44677741. As of 2019, over half of Gazprom is owned by the Russian government; 19.7% by the Bank of NY Mellon: https://www.statista.com/statistics/273267/shareholder-structure-of-gazprom/
Trump in Vandalia Ohio, September 21, 2020:
“By the way, nobody’s been tougher on Russia than me. With the sanctions, with the I exposed, right, Nord Stream 2. That’s the pipeline. No, you never heard of Nord Stream until I came along. I said to Germany, let me get this straight. We defend Germany, right? We defend Germany and that’s it. They don’t pay what they’re supposed to pay they’re delinquent, you know, they’re delinquent. So I said to Angela and I like Angela, but she’s smart, you know, why should she pay if she doesn’t have to? So I said, Angela, so we defend you against Russia and you pay billions of dollars to Russia. How does that work?” See ca 21 min: https://www.bitchute.com/video/LXlaBHDYtU7d/. And, so, Trump agreed to move US military from Germany to Poland: “New U.S.-Poland Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement signed” 15.08.2020 https://www.gov.pl/web/national-defence/new-us-poland-enhanced-defense-cooperation-agreement-signed
Anyone who thinks that Putin supported Trump in 2020, after Trump worked to sell US LNG to Poland and move more US troops to Poland, is not in their right mind, or not thinking. Poland explains: “We have created a legal framework for the permanent presence of the US Armed Forces in Poland, both in the currently planned scope and in the possible further extension; as discussed, inter alia, by Mark Esper, the US Secretary of Defense. It means that the agreement signed today opens the possibility to enhance the presence of US troops in Poland, and also to organize much more US military exercises in our country.” https://www.gov.pl/web/national-defence/new-us-poland-enhanced-defense-cooperation-agreement-signed
Stephanopoulos actually fed Biden responses. Stephanopoulos said regarding Putin: “You said you know he doesn’t have a soul.” Biden: “I did say that to him, yes… It was when President Bush had said, “I looked in his eyes and saw his soul.” I said, “Looked in your eyes and I don’t think you have a soul.” Stephanopoulos also said: “So you know Vladimir Putin. You think he’s a killer?” Biden: “Uh-huh. I do” ABC News interview, March 16, 2021: https://archive.is/HZfd8
“On February 19, 2021, the [Biden] Administration submitted a congressionally mandated report on entities actively supporting, assisting, and working with those involved in the Nord Stream II pipeline. The Administration made the troubling decision to identify only the Russian pipelaying vessel Fortuna and its owner KVT-RUS, both of which were already sanctioned under the Trump Administration in January…” (US Senators Cruz et al.)
“The Nord Stream 2 project triggered U.S. sanctions in late 2019 amid concerns by the Trump White House that the deal makes Europe too reliant on Russian reserves. Yet Merkel pushed back against the U.S. sanctions as “the wrong path” and said Germany would push ahead with the project regardless of objections by its American ally.“ https://www.voanews.com/europe/russias-putin-germanys-merkel-hold-talks-moscow
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Sens. Cruz, Barrasso, Colleagues: Biden Admin Must Impose Sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline
March 2, 2021 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and 39 other senators in sending a letter criticizing the Biden administration for failing to follow the law and impose sanctions on entities involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Cosigners of their letter include Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Kennedy (R-La.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), John Thune (R-S.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.).
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline would carry natural gas from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea. If completed, the pipeline would make American allies and partners in Europe more susceptible to Moscow’s coercion and malign influence.
In their letter, the senators highlight how Congress has passed several pieces of bipartisan legislation imposing sanctions on this project. They request that the Biden administration utilize all of the tools at its disposal to implement additional sanctions immediately, especially the most recent round of sanctions that both houses of Congress urgently and repeatedly passed last year.
In their letter, the senators wrote:
“We write to express our deep concern about the refusal of the administration to impose sanctions on entities involved in the Nord Stream II pipeline. With construction on the project currently taking place, there is publicly available information on vessels and companies engaging in sanctionable activities. The failure of the administration to identify and impose new sanctions signals its willingness to allow President Putin to gain a stranglehold over Europe’s gas supplies and increase its geopolitical leverage. We call on the administration to correct its misguided actions by quickly and fully implementing the sanctions mandated by U.S. law.”
Read the full text of the letter below.
March 3, 2021
The Honorable Joseph Biden
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Biden,
We write to express our deep concern about the refusal of the Administration to impose sanctions on entities involved in the Nord Stream II pipeline. With construction on the project currently taking place, there is publicly available information on vessels and companies engaging in sanctionable activities. The failure of the Administration to identify and impose new sanctions signals its willingness to allow President Putin to gain a stranglehold over Europe’s gas supplies and increase its geopolitical leverage. We call on the Administration to correct its misguided actions by quickly and fully implementing the sanctions mandated by U.S. law.
The Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEESA), as amended by the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Clarification Act (PEESCA), mandates sanctions on the companies and individuals involved in the Nord Stream II pipeline. The law requires sanctions against entities installing pipes, engaging in pipelaying activities, or insuring or certifying that installation, those activities, and other activities associated with the pipeline. As construction is under way, time is of the essence. The United States must act now to prevent the pipeline from being completed.
For years, it has been the policy of the United States to oppose the Nord Stream II pipeline, which would carry natural gas from Russia across the Baltic Sea to Germany. The intent of Congress is crystal clear. Congress overwhelmingly passed several pieces of bipartisan legislation imposing sanctions on this project including the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), PEESA, and PEESCA. The Administration cannot turn a blind eye to those who violate our laws. We request the Administration utilize all of the tools at its disposal to implement additional sanctions immediately, especially the most recent round of sanctions in PEESCA that both houses of Congress urgently and repeatedly passed last year.
On February 19, 2021, the Administration submitted a congressionally mandated report on entities actively supporting, assisting, and working with those involved in the Nord Stream II pipeline. The Administration made the troubling decision to identify only the Russian pipelaying vessel Fortuna and its owner KVT-RUS, both of which were already sanctioned under the Trump Administration in January. The report also listed 18 entities which have ended their involvement in the project, due to the extensive diplomatic efforts of the Trump Administration to wind down their activities. This completely inadequate report undermines the bipartisan efforts of Congress and previous Administrations by not listing the other vessels involved in pipelaying and pipelaying activities as well as companies providing insurance and certification services.
We call on you to fix this error by immediately identifying and sanctioning the additional entities without delay. While sanctions are being quickly processed on individuals and companies, we ask you to formally notify these entities of the forthcoming sanctions and call on them to stop their work on the Nord Stream II pipeline. In addition, PEESCA also mandates consultation with our allies, which must be conducted and concluded expeditiously.
As you have previously stated, the Nord Stream II pipeline is a “bad deal for Europe.” This point has been clearly demonstrated by Europe’s growing opposition to the project. On January 21, 2021, the European Parliament overwhelmingly passed, by a vote of 581-50, a resolution calling on the European Union to immediately stop the completion of the Nord Stream II pipeline. Previously, on December 12, 2018, the European Parliament passed a resolution describing the Nord Stream II pipeline as a “political project that poses a threat to European energy security” that should be cancelled. It passed by a vote of 433-105.
The Nord Stream II pipeline makes American allies and partners in Europe more susceptible to Moscow’s coercion and malign influence. It would reinforce Russia’s near-monopoly and control of natural gas in the region. In addition, the project would weaken efforts to diversify Europe’s energy sources, suppliers and routes. The Nord Stream II pipeline would also provide Russia an opportunity to damage the economy of Ukraine and to further its aggressive actions in the region.
We appreciate your statements as well as those made by members of the Administration publicly opposing the Nord Stream II pipeline. It is now time to act. It is critical that the United States enforce our laws and hold those entities accountable for assisting Russia in building this dangerous pipeline. /s/ ### https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=5664
Construction work on the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline on the German Baltic Sea coast has been underway since May . From 2020, it will transport up to 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia to Germany. Critics consider the pipeline unnecessary, even harmful: it contradicts the EU’s climate goals and threatens stability in Eastern Europe. It is also thanks to German politicians and lobbyists that it is still being built. Behind the scenes, they’ve been promoting Nord Stream 2 for years. The Russian government and some of its oligarchs could particularly benefit. See: “Nord Stream 2: Putins Pipeline dank deutscher Lobbyarbeit” Author: Achim Pollmeier, Christina Zühlke, 07.06.2018 ∙ Monitor ∙ Das Erste https://www.ardmediathek.de/ard/video/monitor/nord-stream-2–putins-pipeline-dank-deutscher-lobbyarbeit/das-erste/
“Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline – What is the controversy about? Berlin is under increasing pressure to pull the plug on Nord Stream 2, the planned gas pipeline that would link Russia and Germany below the Baltic Sea. Here is what you need to know about the massive project“. Date 14.07.2018 Author Darko Janjevic Related Subjects Ukraine, Germany, Donald Trump, Gazprom Keywords Nord Stream 2, Russian gas, Germany, Gazprom, Ukraine, Donald Trump