The United States is ready to introduce new sanctions against Russia, including in the field of energy supplies, in the event of an escalation of aggression against Ukraine.
As reported by TASS, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday, commenting on the agreement with Germany on the Nord Stream 2 project.
According to the diplomat, the United States and Germany agreed that “they will not tolerate the use of energy by Russia as a geopolitical weapon in Europe, as well as the escalation of its aggression against Ukraine.”
“We are committed to working together with our allies and partners, including on sanctions and energy supplies, to force Russia to incur significant costs if it engages in such hostile activities,” the State Department spokeswoman said.
On Wednesday, Berlin and Washington announced and reached an agreement on the “Nord Stream-2”.
As part of the deal, Germany pledged to seek an extension of the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine beyond 2024, and to create a $ 1 billion green fund “to support the country’s energy transition, energy efficiency and energy security”.
In addition, Berlin has undertaken to take “quick action” at the national level and “insist on effective measures at the EU level” if Russia starts using energy as a weapon or starts a new military campaign against Ukraine.