US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will have to make the decision on possible sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, US Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said, ONA reports citing Sputnik.
"It’s not my decision. That’s for the US State Department. So, Secretary Pompeo has a decision to make", Brouillette told reporters on Thursday. Brouillette stressed that the companies who are doing business on this pipeline "are at risk of sanctions."
"But it’s not a Department of Energy decision alone. It’s for the Department of State to determine as to whether or not sanctions will be imposed […] I really can’t comment on what decisions may be made by the State Department. It’s really something for Secretary Pompeo and the President of the United States [Donald Trump] to determine", the official pointed out.
Pompeo said Tuesday that Washington does not want its European allies to rely on Russian gas through the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. He claimed Russia used its pipelines to put political pressure on the Ukraine.
The United States has expressed its opposition to the Nord Stream 2 project on numerous occasions, claiming that it was the means of political control used by Russia to exert pressure on the European Union.