American and German officials announced an agreement Wednesday allowing the completion of a controversial natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, outraging Republican lawmakers who see the deal as a further concession by the Biden administration to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In a joint statement outlining the agreement terms, Washington and Berlin vowed to counter any effort by Moscow to use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to “aggressive political ends by using energy as a weapon.”
Both governments also said they would support a $1 billion fund for alternative energy and development projects in Ukraine, which is bypassed by the new pipeline, while Germany promised to reimburse Kiev for lost gas transit fees until 2024, with a possible 10-year extension.
“The United States and Germany are united in their determination to hold Russia to account for its aggression and malign activities by imposing costs via sanctions and other tools,” the statement read in part.
Sen. Tom Cotton