Hyping up the Situation in Ukraine, Germany and the US threatened Russia with Nord Stream 2

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Beijing, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) –German and US officials warned Russia On Wednesday that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, which is jointly built by Russian and German companies, would not be activated if Russian troops invaded Ukraine.Speaking in the Bundek parliament on the same day, German Foreign Minister Annalena Berberk said that the German government is considering a possible “strong package of sanctions” against Russia, including the abandonment of Nord Stream 2.Austrian European and International Affairs Minister Jens Scharenberg (L) talks with German Foreign Minister Bercke Bercke before the eu Foreign Ministers’ Meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Jan. 24, 2019.The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is another pipeline for Russia to export natural gas to Europe, bypassing Ukraine and passing through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project will start construction in 2018 and be completed in September 2021, but has yet to be approved for operation.The United States has long opposed Nord Stream 2, calling it a Geostrategic Russian project.Russia says the BLOCKING of the project is an attempt to squeeze its share of the energy market and sell Us gas to Europe at a higher price.Victoria Nuland, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, said Tuesday: “I think Berlin came out very, very strong today…If Russia invades Ukraine, Nord Stream 2 will not go forward in any way.”Two men walk in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Jan. 26, 2019.Germany has been criticized by the United States and other NATO Allies for its reluctance to send arms to Ukraine, ap reported.”A soccer team does not need 11 centre-forwards with the same responsibilities, but 11 players with the same goals and different roles,” Belbek said on Tuesday, adding that Germany will continue to support Ukraine economically even though it is not contributing militarily.German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is scheduled to visit Washington on February 7 to discuss, among other things, the situation in Ukraine with U.S. President Joseph Biden.This is his first visit to the US as premier.Biden spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on Thursday.Biden told Zelensky in a phone call that a Russian invasion of Ukraine in February was “highly likely,” National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horn told the press.Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba said on Twitter on Sunday that Ukraine had read the draft of the security agreement before it was sent to Russia by the United States.On January 19, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (l) met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Kiev.The United States and NATO sent written responses to Russia on Thursday, formally responding to the draft security agreement Russia proposed to them in December last year.In the draft, Russia seeks no further eastward expansion of NATO and no inclusion of Ukraine and other countries in the alliance.In response to the written reply from the US and NATO, Russian officials said on The 27th that the other side has not addressed Russia’s core concerns, but said that negotiations can continue.The deterioration in Russian-Ukrainian relations has accelerated recently, with both sides deploying large numbers of military personnel and equipment along their border.The United States, Ukraine and NATO say there is an “invasion” of Russian forces near Ukraine’s eastern border.Russia denies this, saying NATO activities threaten its borders and that it has the right to deploy troops to defend its territory.From January 10 to 13 this year, Russia held talks with the United States and NATO on Ukraine and other issues, but yielded no tangible results.(Wang Hongbin)