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Hunter and Joe Biden / IMAGE: Donald J Trump via Youtube (Headline USA) The Biden administration has reached a preliminary agreement with Germany over a controversial Russia-to-Europe gas pipeline that is vehemently opposed by Ukraine and Poland, as well as both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
Congressional aides briefed on the outlines of the deal said it would allow the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline without either Germany or Russia facing new U.S. sanctions.
In return, the U.S. and Germany will make certain concessions to Ukraine and Poland, although it was not immediately clear if those would be welcomed.
The Nord Stream 2 project has posed a major foreign policy dilemma for the Biden administration.
U.S. officials from both parties have long feared that it would give Russia too much power over European gas supplies, potentially shutting off gas to Russian adversaries Ukraine and Poland.
Many were further perplexed at the reasoning behind President Joe Biden’s decision to remove the existing sanctions, particularly given his harsh assault on American energy independence. One of his first acts upon occupying the White House was to permanently halt the Keystone XL pipeline linking the US and Canada.
But understanding the Biden family’s complex ethical entanglements—including conflicts of interest involving quid pro quo agreements with other foreign entities—may hold the key.
President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter , was long linked to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma , and, in a 2014 email he outlined the ways that the company might stand to benefit from Russia’s destablization of the Eastern European energy market, which the pipeline will facilitate.
“Burisma has an opportunity here to play the hero if it ignores the artificial market value of their product and plays to the national interest,” Hunter noted.Administration officials declined to comment on specifics of the matter pending an announcement that could come as early as Wednesday.The State Department said Monday that a senior diplomat would be visiting both Poland and Ukraine this week in part to discuss Nord Stream 2 in what are expected to be contentious talks.State Department spokesman Ned Price would not confirm on Tuesday that a deal had been […]
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