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Biden has decided to waive several key sanctions against the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipe.

It has sparked quite an outrage in Kyiv, that Biden chose to back away from several different sanctions against Nord Stream 2, two days ago. In Kyiv Post, they editorial opinion is that Biden is “wimping out,” showing without doubt that Ukraine is not as important to the US as some would prefer.

“Ukraine gets daily reminders of its importance -and lack thereof -to the rest of the world. It got another of those unhappy reminders on May 19 from U. S. President Joe Biden who – along with most of the rest of Europe – decided that Germany’s commercial interests with Russia are more important than Ukraine,” the piece writes.

According to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, “it is in the national interest of the United States to waive the application of sanctions on Nord Stream 2,” he said in a statement yesterday, adding that it was “consistent” with their goal to “rebuild relationships with our allies and partners in Europe.”

Nothing to smile about in Kyiv

The Ukrainian government, and huge parts of the civil society and the country of Ukraine as a whole, have been long time opponents of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, that is connection Germany and Russia through the Baltic Sea. According to the government, the pipeline is not just a matter of supplying Germany with gas.

Instead it is seen as a weapon, a way to bypass Ukraine, a matter of hybrid warfare, as it makes Germany more dependent on Russian gas, undermines Ukraine and divides, according to Kyiv, the Euro-Atlantic unity. That is why, according to Unian, almost 300 lawmakers from Ukraine signed an appeal to have the Nord Stream 2 pipeline stopped.

“Concentration of Russian pipelines in the Baltic Sea may give Russia a pretext to pro-actively protect Nord Stream 2: starting with formal procedures for controlling the navigation in the Baltic Sea, and then, as in the case of Ukraine, more aggressive behavior, such as blocking ships and influencing trade in the region,” the appeal says.

Since Russia pulled back their troops from the Western parts of Russia, Germany, France and the US have all softened their stance on Russia, more or less vocally voicing their wishes for stronger ties to the Kremlin.