President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that he was sanctioning Russian gas pipeline company Nord Stream 2, whose certification Germany halted on Tuesday – a coordinated response to Russia’s incursion into Ukraine.
“Today I have ordered my administration to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG and its executives,” the president said in a statement. “These measures are another element of our initial tranche of sanctions in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.”
The president also warned: “we will not hesitate to take further action if Russia continues to escalate.”
State Department spokesman Ned Price said Wednesday afternoon that Nord Stream 2 was “an $11 billion investment that is now a piece of steel, sitting on the bottom of the sea.”
During her Wednesday briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not say whether the project could be revived in the future.
“Well, not only has the German Chancellor announced that it’s not moving forward, but we’ve also announced additional sanctions and it’s not moving forward at the moment, no,” she said when asked by NBC’s Peter Alexander.
When he asked if it had been done ‘in perpetuity’, she replied, ‘He is currently dead at the bottom of the sea Peter’.
President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that he was sanctioning the construction company of the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, whose certification Germany suspended on Tuesday.
Nord Stream 2 was completed in September and would have doubled the amount of Russian gas entering Germany
“I’m not going to get ahead of where we are in the process, it’s not happening, it’s not moving forward, it hasn’t been operational for a while so that’s where it’s at and that’s the whole result of the President’s diplomatic engagement and leadership and his engagement with Chancellor Scholz,” she said.
When new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited the White House earlier this month, Biden told a joint press conference that they were in tune with the pipeline as Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened the Ukraine of a military reinforcement.
Scholz, however, wouldn’t tell Nord Stream 2 by name.
This week, as Putin declared the separatist territories in eastern Ukraine “independent” and called in “peacekeeping” forces, the United States and its European allies began to sanction the Russia.
The White House said on Tuesday that among the first “tranche” of sanctions included full blocking sanctions against two Russian banks, sanctions against Russian elites and their families, and sanctions that would prevent foreign financing of the country’s sovereign debt.
Also on Tuesday, Scholz announced that Germany would not certify the pipeline.
Construction of Nord Stream 2 was completed in September.
Nord Stream 2 AG is registered in Switzerland, but its parent company is the Russian state gas company Gazprom.
Nord Stream 2 would have doubled the amount of Russian gas entering Germany.
“Through his actions, President Putin has provided the world with an overwhelming incentive to move away from Russian gas and other forms of energy,” Biden said in the statement.
“I would like to thank Chancellor Scholz for his close partnership and continued dedication to holding Russia accountable for its actions,” the president also said.
Biden received rare praise from Republican Senator Ted Cruz for his first step in reversing sanctions waivers that had been applied to the project.
“President Biden made the right decision today,” the Texas Republican said in a statement.
Cruz called on Biden to “lock in the sanctions,” which Biden did later Wednesday afternoon.
For Biden’s actions, Cruz announced that he would unblock State Department nominees from the Biden administration that he was holding back for the Senate.
Cruz’s glowing comments come after former President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed Putin’s decision to declare Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions “independent.”
Biden received rare praise from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for his first step in reversing sanctions waivers
“I walked in yesterday and there was a TV screen, and I said, ‘That’s genius,'” Trump said. “Putin declares a large part of Ukraine – of Ukraine – Putin declares it independent. Oh, that’s wonderful.
“I said, ‘How smart is that? “, Continued the former American president. “And he will come in and be a peacekeeper. It is the most powerful force of peace… We could use it on our southern border. It is the force of strongest peace I have ever seen. There were more army tanks than I have ever seen. They will keep the peace well.
– No, but think about it. Here is a guy who is very savvy,” Trump continued. ‘I know him very well. Very, very, very well. If I had been in power, not even imaginable, this would never have happened.
Trump added: “But here’s a guy who said, you know, ‘I’m going to declare a lot of Ukraine independent’, he used the word ‘independent’ and ‘we’re going out and we’re going in’ and we’re going help keep the peace. You gotta say, that’s pretty clever. And you know what Biden’s response was? There was no response. They didn’t have any of that. is very sad. Very sad.’
Trump also called Biden “a man who has no idea what he’s doing.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki fired back at Trump at Tuesday’s press conference.
“As a policy, we try not to take the advice of anyone who praises President Putin and his military strategy, which I believe is what happened there,” Psaki replied during the briefing. Tuesday when asked to react to Trump’s comments earlier in the day.
She pointed to comments Trump allegedly made to G7 leaders in 2018, when the former president said Crimea, which was annexed by Russia after an invasion in 2014, was part of Russia because everyone spoke Russian there.
And said Trump had “expressed openness” to lifting sanctions on Russia for the 2014 invasion.
“So there’s a bit of a different tactic, a bit of a different approach, and that’s probably why President Biden and not his predecessor was able to rally the world and the global community to take action against Russia’s aggression. “Psaki said.
Most Republicans have said they want to see Russia punished for what the White House is now calling an ‘invasion’ of Ukraine – after Putin announced on Monday he would consider two breakaway Russian-backed territories independent of Ukraine, and ordered troops there under the guise of ‘peacekeeping duties.’
Asked if there were concerns that comments like Trump’s could lead to support for Ukraine becoming a more partisan issue among the American public, she pointed to the Republican Party.
“You know, I think it’s up to the members of the Republican Party to make the decision, to make the decision,” she told DailyMail.com.
Contrary to the traditional hawk-and-dove roles of both political parties — with Republicans historically being more warmongering — Republicans were less likely to want the United States to play a major role in the 10-point Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
“There has been a long history, decades of history, of which President Biden was a part when he was chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, of resisting efforts by any country to take over territory. another country, in defense of efforts by the United States to rally global support against the improper and unlawful actions of another country,” she continued. “There’s a long story about it, not in a partisan way – in a partisan way.”
“And certainly that choice is up to Republicans to … determine,” she added.
A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Wednesday showed that Americans have little appetite for the United States playing a major role in the Ukraine-Russia conflict.
But unlike the traditional hawk-and-dove roles of both political parties — with Republicans historically being more hawkish — Republicans were less likely to want the United States to play a major 10-point role.
The survey found that, overall, 26% of American adults said they want the United States to play a major role – with 32% Democrats in this group and 22% Republicans.