Naftogaz CEO Yuriy Vitrenko and scores of Ukrainian MPs and public opinion leaders urged the U.S. and European countries to continue sanctions against Nord Stream 2 in an open letter.
“Nord Stream 2 remains a major geostrategic threat to Ukraine and Europe. We call on stakeholders in Washington, Berlin, and Brussels in a position of authority and responsibility to apply all means necessary to stop this project,” the letter says.
The document contains concerns about abandoning sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG (Switzerland), its top managers and employees suggested in the positions of the U.S. Department of State submitted to the Congress.
The authors of the letter refer to U.S. President Joe Biden who previously opposed the completion of Nord Stream 2, calling it a “bad deal for Europe” that, if built, will “lock in great reliance on Russia [which] will fundamentally destabilize Ukraine.”
The European Parliament supports the immediate termination of the Russian project too. Thus, Ukrainian MPs and opinion leaders also urge Germany to stop Nord Stream 2. “We support the U.S. and European calls on Germany to help stop this Russian geopolitical project…This diversionary pipeline threatens European unity, contradicts the climate goals, and subverts the E.U.’s common energy policy,” the letter says.
The authors remind that the launch of Nord Stream 2 would not only have economic impact but also give Russia free rein to continue its military aggression against Ukraine. “By hesitating to apply existing laws and impose sanctions on companies currently involved in Nord Stream 2 pipe-laying, the United States is sending a dangerous message to Russia, one that will affect Russian behavior far beyond Nord Stream 2,” the letter emphasizes.
Integrated Communications Department
NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine