Given the significant response to yesterday's FOUN's "Say It is Not True! Biden to waive sanctions on company in charge of Nord Stream 2" I share this follow-up Reuters report on behalf of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN).
I also note that among the many reactions to yesterday's article at least two Canadians responded that the Administration canceled a pipeline that would have benefited both the United States and the US's greatest ally - Canada - but is giving the go-ahead to a pipeline benefiting an undeclared but genuine enemy.
Russian officials on Wednesday said Moscow's fraught ties with Washington could benefit from the waiving of U.S. sanctions on the company in charge of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, after a report said the Biden administration was set to lift them.
Commenting on a report by U.S. news website Axios, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it would be a "positive signal" if it turned out to be true. [Of course, the question is “positive signal” to whom? I can think of two who see the Administration move as a positive – Putin and China’s Xi Jinping. Oh, yes, and the current German government, led around by its nose by greedy German industrialists who focus solely on the number of BMWs and Mercedes needed to meet sales projections in Moscow and Beijing. RAM]
"The appearance of such publications is quite positive in itself," Peskov told reporters on a conference call. "It's much better than reading that new sanctions are on their way."
Axios reported that Washington was set to wave sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG, the company overseeing construction of the pipeline. It also said sanctions would be waived on Matthias Warnig, an ally of President Vladimir Putin and the company's chief executive. read more
Gazprom (GAZP.MM), the Russian state energy company financing the undersea gas link from Russia to Germany, and its Western partners are racing to finish the project, now about 95% complete.
Reacting to the report, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the waiving of those sanctions would help normalise ties between Moscow and Washington. [Only in the eyes of the malevolent Kremlin and the geopolitically blind can such a “normal” be seen as a good thing. RAM]
"If the media leaks turn out to be true, a glimmer of normalcy in American politics," TASS news agency quoted Ryabkov as saying. "Then there will probably be a chance for a gradual transition toward the normalisation of our bilateral ties."
U.S. President Joe Biden, who in March said he thought Putin was a "killer", prompting Moscow to recall its ambassador to Washington for consultations, has said he would like to hold talks with Putin during a trip to Europe next month.
The Kremlin has said it is studying the possibility of holding the summit. [Thus the subject line of this email. RAM]
The original article was published by Reuters. The parenthetical comments above are those of Mr. McConnell and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation or the Foundation's Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN).