“President Biden looked Putin in the eye and told him that today we are ready to do things we did not do in 2014.” US Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters after the meeting.
According to him, the head of the Kremlin heard a warning during the video conference that the U.S and their European allies in the event of another Russian invasion of Ukraine answers “Strong economic measures”, will increase military aid to Kiev and further strengthen NATO member states in the East Europe.
A key part of the retaliation would be the blockade of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which has already been completed but has not yet been commissioned. Washington according to The Financial Times intensified pressure on Berlin to cancel Gazprom’s key ten billion-euro energy project in the event of an invasion of Ukraine. The incoming government of Olaf Scholz is reportedly open to this proposal.
“If Vladimir Putin wants gas to flow through the pipeline, he should not risk an invasion of Ukraine.” Sullivan, who was sitting by Biden’s side in a conference room in the White House basement during a video conference, told reporters.
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