President Biden insisted Monday that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany would be brought to an end if the Kremlin chose to launch a renewed military invasion of Ukraine.
Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan declined to characterize the German chancellor’s position but said the pipeline would not move forward in the event of a Russian invasion.
“If Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another, Nord Stream 2 will not move forward,” Sullivan said. “And Russia understands that. We are coordinated with our allies on that and that will be the reality if Russia chooses to move forward.”
The Russia-Ukraine crisis dominated Monday’s meeting between Biden and Scholz, which largely took place behind closed doors at the White House.
There have been questions about Germany’s willingness to go along with a harsh sanctions package the U.S. is preparing to punish Moscow in the event of an invasion. Biden administration officials view the sanctions as powerful deterrence to prevent Moscow from making a move against its neighbor.
Germany has refused to send weapons to Ukraine and reportedly blocked Estonia from sending German-made weapons to Ukraine.
At Monday’s meeting, Biden and Scholz displayed a united front in pushing back against Russian aggression. Biden was adamant that Germany is a reliable ally, and Scholz repeatedly described Germany as committed to imposing severe consequences on Moscow should it invade Ukraine.
Russia has amassed some 100,000 troops at the Ukrainian border, and Sullivan warned Sunday that an invasion could happen “at any time,” though officials maintain they don’t know that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made up his mind on what he will do.
“That is a serious threat to European security,” Scholz said of the Russian troops deployments. “And this is why it’s important that we act together, that we stand together and that we do what is necessary together.”
The German chancellor described it as essential that the U.S., Germany, and other European and NATO allies “speak with one voice and do things together.”
Source: The Hill