The announcement followed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s meetings in Washington last week with Biden, who during the visit said the two leaders agreed they were “united in our belief that Russia should not use energy as a weapon.”
“I had, as you know, a very, very fruitful discussion with Angela Merkel,” Biden said Wednesday evening. “She, and the German government, is working on pledges that suggest that if Russia actually makes an effort to intentionally hurt Ukraine and other countries, they will respond.”
White House officials said on Wednesday that Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has urged Congress to try to end the project with sanctions, will visit in August.
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz called the deal with Germany “a generation geopolitical victory” for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and “a catastrophe for the United States and our allies.”
Mr Cruz, whose Texas voters include major energy exporters, has in recent months held up confirmation from several officials of the Biden administration by insisting that the United States will not complete the pipelines. “President Biden defies US law and has completely surrendered to Putin,” he said in a statement. “In decades, Russian dictators will still reap billions from Biden’s gift, and Europe will still be subject to Russian energy blackmail.”
New Hampshire Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen said she welcomed diplomatic efforts with key European allies. But, she said, “I have long argued that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline should not be completed because it allows the Kremlin to spread its evil influence across Eastern Europe, threatens the economic security of our European partners and our global stability.” endangers.”
“I continue to believe in it,” she said.
State Department officials were outraged at the suggestion that the Biden administration had capitulated, noting that U.S. sanctions related to the project had been imposed on 19 entities since Mr. Biden took office, compared to two during the president’s term. Donald J. Trump.