Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that the wave of anti-Russian coercive measures on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is “a flagrant example” of the use for political purposes of these restrictions by Western countries.
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Lavrov’s statements came from a forum organized by the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, where he elaborated on the matter that for many years now, a number of Western states, and indeed most Western states led by the Americans, they have used unilateral restrictions for political reasons that are imposed for everything: with cause or without it.
Meanwhile, the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoli Antonov, also declared this Tuesday unacceptable the new coercive measures against entities related to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, imposed by the government of President Joe Biden.
According to the diplomat, the White House’s attempts to maintain dialogue with Moscow through sanctions are unacceptable and violate international law.
Antonov, commenting on Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s statement on the measures against Nord Stream 2, stressed that it is just another attempt to complicate Russian-European energy cooperation.
The Russian ambassador went further and said that he considers all actions to prevent Russia’s oil and gas exports to Europe as unfair competition, undermining the principles of the free market.
The #UE continues to drive us away with sanctions, unfriendly actions, and baseless accusations, ignoring the obvious benefits of interaction in politics, economics and the humanitarian arena – Russian President Vladimir #Putin. pic.twitter.com/jqjVZzs4z3
– Russia in Spain (@EmbajadaRusaES)
November 23, 2021
The Russian reaction came after the US State Department presented a report to Congress on Monday in accordance with the European Energy Security Protection Act of 2019 (Peesa), as amended, where it proposes to impose unilateral coercive measures on eight people and identifies 17 vessels from his country related to the project as blocked properties.
In relation to Russia, the document lists two vessels and an entity linked to the Eurasian nation, Transadria Ltd., which participates in the development of the gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.