The United States welcomed recent steps by the European Union to hold Russia responsible for aggression against Ukraine, US Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino stated on the US State Department website on Sunday, December 16. Washington supports the resolution of the European Parliament calling for the cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 project.
“The European Parliament’s December 12 resolution reiterates the importance of Ukraine’s role in the European energy supply network and condemns the construction of the Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political project. We urge Germany to heed the concerns of the many neighbors whose security will be damaged by this pipeline,” Palladino stated.
The representative of the US Department of State also noted in his statement that Washington welcomes the European Council’s unanimous decision to extend economic sanctions against Russia. The US also supports the EU position that Russia’s November 25th attack on Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea constituted a violation of international law; they welcome the EU’s efforts to provide support to areas of Ukraine negatively affected by Russian aggression in the Sea of Azov.
“The United States will continue to hold Russia accountable for its actions, and we will continue to work with European partners and Allies to present a unified front against the Kremlin’s aggression,” Palladino noted.
Last week, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Nord Stream 2 project urging its construction to cease. The project is considered a political tool that poses a threat to European energy security.