Russia’s enemies fear Biden won’t fight to stop Putin’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline
Russia’s opponents in Central and Eastern Europe are concerned that President Biden is unwilling to fight hard to stop the Russo-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline – one of Vladimir Putin’s top priorities.
Why it matters: The fight is the first major test of whether Biden’s harsh rhetoric against the Russian leader will be reconciled with action. Russian opponents fear that Biden does not want to antagonize Angela Merkel and does not cause the Germans any serious costs.
The big picture: Completion of Nord Stream 2 would be a huge geopolitical win for Putin and would give him significant new leverage in Europe. Russia cut gas supplies to Ukraine in retaliation for disputes.
- Bypassing Ukraine with a direct pipeline to Germany will help Russia achieve its goal, its former …