Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is scheduled to visit the United States with the hope to bolster the security ties with Washington. He aims to convince the administration to ramp up the sanctions against the new Russian gas pipeline bypassing the country.
Zelensky addresses the situation as the US failure to block the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany which is a grave political error according to him. He had also warned earlier that the Nord Stream 2 will be marked as a major victory for the Russian Capital Moscow along with a “personal loss for Biden”. It is expected that he will raise the topic again on Wednesday with U.S. President Joe Biden. Zelensky terms the new pipeline as a powerful weapon for the Russian country. This annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and backed a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine. The Ukraine leader wants the U.S. nation to impose tougher sanctions on the Russian gas pipeline which is being constructed.
The construction of Nord Stream 2 was strongly opposed by Washington. However, the Biden administration chose not to punish the German company. Germans oversee the project as they announce new sanctions against Russian companies and ships. The undiplomatic comments said that the pipeline will deprive it of $3billion annual transit fees for pumping Russian gas to Europe making it vulnerable to Kremlin pressure.