The White House is discussing the possibility of appointing a US special envoy for negotiations on the Nord Stream 2 project in order to close it. This was reported on Wednesday by the Politico newspaper, citing sources in the American administration.
According to her, at the end of April, Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Jake Sullivan offered the appropriate position to Amos Hockstein, who served as special representative and coordinator for international energy affairs in the Barack Obama administration. Hockstein left the post of director of the supervisory board of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine last year.
He has not yet responded to Sullivan’s offer.
As Politico notes, considering such a step means some change in US policy on this issue: in particular, this indicates a closer attention of Washington to the project. The newspaper’s sources said there is a consensus in the White House that more efforts are required to close the project, especially now that it is 96% complete.