(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that the Biden administration has “continued to convey” that Nord Stream 2, a pipeline project connecting Russia and Germany, is a “bad idea” despite the administration waiving sanctions on the major players involved in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pet project.
She pointed out that when President Joe Biden took office, the pipeline was 95 percent built, and she asked “In what way were we going to be able to stop a project in another country that’s been built to 95 percent?”
As CNSNews.com reported, Nord Stream 2 AG, the company leading the project, is a consortium led by the Russian state-owned Gazprom.
“On Nord Stream, I know that there’s a lot of talk about Nord Stream and Keystone and I’m just trying to help people understand it,” Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked.
PSAKI: Is there?
DOOCY: Yes, President Biden blocked the Keystone XL Pipeline because he said it would undermine U.S. climate leadership and undercut our ability to urge other countries to take ambitious climate action, so how is he urging other countries to take ambitious climate action, but he’s letting other countries build Nord Stream 2?
PSAKI: We’re hardly letting other countries build Nord Stream 2. When the president took office, 95 percent of this pipeline was built. We’ve continued to convey that we believe it’s a bad idea, a bad plan, and we have also put in place and taken actions over the last several days to make that clear in large part because our view is that it’s a Russian geopolitical project that threatens European energy security and that of Ukraine and Eastern flank NATO allies and partners. Hence, there’s a geopolitical concern about this pipeline, and we’ve taken steps over the last several days to make that clear.
DOOCY: It seems like there was the ability by US government to sanction some officials, to stop the project at like 95 percent, but you’re not doing it.
PSAKI: In what way were we going to be able to stop a project in another country that’s been built to 95 percent?
DOOCY: Make it more difficult with the sanctions on some of these officials involved?
PSAKI: We’ve imposed sanctions on four Russian entities, four Russian vessels that engaged in sanctionable activities. We’ve also imposed sanctions on nine vessels belonging to the Russian government. This is the largest number of entities listed under this act to date, so we have certainly taken significant steps, and we’ve also made clear in public and private channels our opposition to this plan.