US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has sought to ease tensions with key NATO allies Germany and Turkey, which are pursuing energy and defense projects with Russia.
At the same time, the Secretary of State nevertheless voiced the position of Washington, which believes that these projects are detrimental to the interests of the West.
In an interview with Euronews, Blinken said that disagreements between the US and Germany over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will not affect relations between the two countries as a whole.
“Most importantly, Germany is one of our closest allies and partners in the world, and we work together every day on a myriad of issues that have a profound impact on the lives of our citizens, and we work as our closest partners,” Blinken said.
“And the fact that we have disagreements about Nord Stream 2, and they are very real, does not and will not affect the overall partnership and relations,” he added.
However, the secretary of state recalled that President Joe Biden considers Nord Stream 2 a bad idea and a bad deal for Europe and the NATO alliance as a whole.
“It undermines the basic principles of the EU regarding energy security and energy independence,” Blinken explained. – I think this presents a problem for Ukraine, Poland and other countries that are not indifferent to us. So I thought it was very important to say this directly and clearly to my friend (German Foreign Minister) Heiko Mass, so that there is no ambiguity. “
The head of American diplomacy recalled that the United States has laws requiring the imposition of sanctions against companies that provide material assistance in the construction of the pipeline.
“I just wanted to make sure that our partners understand our position on this issue and what we need to do in the future, and that’s what we did,” Blinken said.
In a similar vein, the secretary of state spoke about Turkey, which purchased from Russia the S-400 air defense system, which is considered a potential threat to NATO security.
“It’s no secret that we have real disagreements with Turkey on this issue, which I directly told my Turkish colleague at the meeting, and other allies did the same,” Blinken said.
At the same time, Blinken praised Turkey’s assistance in other areas.
“It is also true that Turkey is a long-standing and very valuable ally, who works with us to solve very important tasks, such as the fight against terrorism, settlement in Syria and other areas,” Blinken said. “Therefore, I think that we are interested in continuing close cooperation with Turkey, while not ignoring our differences. Therefore, we interact directly. We have very frank, clear and open conversations, and I hope that Turkey will take some action to solve the problems that the S-400 is creating for the alliance. “