Heather Nauert, the spokesperson of the State Department said that the State Department has spent a lot of time speaking with US partners and allies overseas to explain to them the ramifications of CAATSA.
– We don’t tend to comment on sanctions actions but we’ve been clear that firm steps against Russian energy export pipeline sector could – if they engage in that kind of business – they could expose themselves to sanctions under CAATSA – said Nauert.
She said that the US government opposes the Nord Stream II project. – We believe that the Nord Stream II project would undermine Europe’s overall energy security and stability. It would provide Russia another tool to pressure European countries, esp. countries such as Ukraine – she warned.
Nauert said that American diplomacy keeps in mind what Russia has done in the past when they turned off the pipeline in the middle of winter. – It caused some families to not have heat, not to have oil to stay warm, to cook their food and we think that is simply wrong – said the spokesperson of the State Department.