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12/7/2021, 9:21 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Putin might decide against invading over Nord Stream 2 - Sullivan

Given the fact that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is completed but not yet operational, Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot use it for leverage in the Ukraine crisis, United States National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday.

"If Putin wants to see gas flow through that pipeline, he might not want to take the risk of invading Ukraine," the official said during a press conference at the White House. He pointed out that sanctions related to the Nord Stream 2 remain a priority for the Biden administration, but didn't provide details on assurances received from Germany in regard to Berlin's readiness to blacklist pipeline-linked entities.

Sullivan previously asserted that Washington operates under the assumption that Putin still hasn't made a hard decision on future actions in Ukraine.

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