The heated exchange came on Friday after the Biden administration added a layer of sanctions to a Russian ship and the ship’s owner for its work.
An Associated Press reporter on Monday hired State Department spokesman Ned Price to suggest that President Joe Biden was responsible for a policy initiated under the Trump administration.
Price, highlighting a report sent to Congress, said some 18 entities were engaged in “good faith efforts” to withdraw their participation in Nord Stream 2, a controversial $ 11 billion pipeline project in Germany Russian natural gas is designed to circulate.
Kremlin critics have said that the project will double the amount of natural gas imported from Russia. If completed, it would leave Europe more dependent on Russian energy than ever before. The poison of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny has resurfaced to leave the project.
At Monday’s press conference, Price suggested that the development in Nord Stream 2 was due to the efforts of the Biden administration. The aforementioned entities have influenced their activities in the pipeline project, Price said, and demonstrated that Biden and Congress have a strategy. “Working to good effect.”
Associated Press reporter Matt Lee stated the price, stating that all this work began under the Trump administration.
“You guys have only been in the office for a month, okay? Are you telling me that in the last four weeks these 18 companies have suddenly decided to say, ‘Oh my God! We’re something with Nord Stream 2 Neither are doing. “Lee said.” You guys are taking credit for the goods of the previous administration. Yes or no? ”
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Price, to a large extent, flared up, saying she was speaking only on behalf of the State Department – already in possession of Biden before he took office.
The heated exchange came on Friday after the Biden administration added a layer of sanctions for a Russian vessel and shipowner for their work on the pipeline project.
Senior Republican lawmakers criticized the move as inadequate, noting that the administration did not penalize any additional companies or individuals for working on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. He also said that the new restrictions were meaningless as they mimicked the existing penalties that the Trump administration imposed on the pipelining ship Fortuna and its owner KVT-RUS in January.
The sanctions were announced in a report submitted to the Congress late Friday night by the State Department, which had passed its February 16 deadline for delivery.