Ukraine's Zelensky Hits Biden for Waiving Sanctions on Nord Pipeline

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is a “real weapon” and expressed surprise and disappointment in U.S. President Joe Biden’s approval of the project. 

“This is a weapon, a real weapon … in the hands of the Russian Federation,” Zelensky told Axios last Friday. “It is not very understandable … that the bullets to this weapon can possibly be provided by such a great country as the United States.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken in mid-May waived sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG, as well as its German CEO, Matthias Warnig, because sanctions, “would negatively impact U.S. relations with Germany, the EU and other European allies and partners,” said a State Department report obtained by NBC News.

Zelensky told Axios that the Biden administration had not informed him of the decision and that he learned of the change through the news.

“How many Ukrainian lives does the relationship between the United States and Germany cost?” Zelensky said. 

Still, he is “positive” Biden can put a stop to the project. 

“I still believe, after all, that Biden is a Jordan in politics,” Zelensky said, comparing the president to basketball star Michael Jordan and his ability to lull opponents into

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