Blinken: U.S. to insist on 'real steps' to mitigate effects of Nord Stream 2
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday that Washington would insist on "real steps, concrete actions" while working with Germany to try to alleviate the impact of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the first part of which was completed last week.
"We also of course have opportunities going forward to deal with those who provide insurance or other permits," Blinken said.
According to Blinken, Germany, which has long insisted that it want to see the $11-billion pipeline completed, "has come to the table" and the U.S. was "actively engaged with them."
The secretary of state believes that the project's physical completion doesn't mean it's operational, claiming that the U.S. was "still working on that."
"We also of course have opportunities going forward to deal with those who would provide insurance or rather permits for the pipeline to actually become operational. We continue to believe it’s a bad idea," Sputnik cited Blinken as saying.