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Nord Stream 2 Signals American Decline in Europe

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The US ‘decision’ to not stand in the way of Nord Stream 2 is hardly a surprise. While the US officials made their decision to look like a diplomatic victory for them when they said that the US “will not tolerate Russia using energy as a geopolitical weapon in Europe or escalating its aggression against Ukraine”, it remains that the US did not have any leverage to force press Germany into submission. Even though German officials have confirmed that they will invest 175 million dollars in Ukraine’s ‘green energy’, and that Moscow-Kiev would extend energy transit agreements, these agreements fall seriously short of the US objectives i.e., dismantling the whole Nord Stream 2 project in favour of US energy supplies to Europe. While Germany, by agreeing to invest in Ukraine, simply bought its way out, the fact remains that with 99 per cent of the project already complete, it was always difficult for the US to block the completion of its last leg, and that too at the expense of its relations with Germany, which could have boiled down to a full blown crisis within NATO itself at a time when the US needs this organisation to counter China.

The Joe Biden administration was made to realise that Germany is too assertive to be simply coaxed into abandoning the project, and that the situation is quite likely to remain unchanged even after the change of government after the up-coming elections in........

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