UPDATED 7:25 PM PT – Tuesday, February 16, 2021
The U.S. is reviewing whether to place sanctions on companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in Eastern Europe.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Joe Biden thinks the pipeline, meant to span between Russia and Germany, is a “bad deal for Europe.” She continued, the U.S. is mulling sanctions in an effort to bring the project in line with Europe’s energy goals.
“We’re continuing to monitor activity to complete or to certify the pipeline,” Psaki stated. “If such activity takes place, we’ll make a determination of the applicability of sanctions. Importantly, sanctions are only one among many important tools to ensure energy security.”
The pipeline has been largely criticized by the global community over fears it would divide Eastern Europe and would allow the Ukraine to fall into the influence of Russia. The controversial pipeline is currently over 90 percent completed.