Final ‘Showdown’ Over Nord Stream 2 ‘Looms’ as US Doubles Down on Sanctions Targeting Project

Earlier, German media reports suggested that proponents of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline need not entertain hopes of the Democratic presidential candidate potentially making a U-turn on Donald Trump’s sanctions policy against the project, claiming that if elected, Joe Biden might seek to “bury” it at all costs.

A ‘final showdown’ over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a joint project between Russia’s Gazprom and five European energy giants, is looming, according to the German newspaper Die Welt.

In the wake of the recent elections in the US, where the media has projected Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as the winner despite current incumbent Donald Trump refusing to concede victory, Berlin has been hoping to improve relations with Washington.

Germany and the US witnessed their relationship deteriorate during Donald Trump’s time in office, with bones of contention such as defence spending, Washington’s decision to withdraw troops from the European country, and the mega gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 fuelling tensions.

As Washington has been taking steps to broaden sanctions against the $10.5 billion project, which aims to turn Germany into a major energy hub for deliveries further west, the US has been pressing Berlin to abandon the project with Russia, citing the “security implications” of depending on Russian gas.

The US has been creating difficulties for the pipeline’s construction since its inception, as the US liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry had been…

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