• Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline stretching from Russia to Germany poses a security threat to Europe.
  • The pipeline, which is approximately 95% completed, is a major sticking point for the Biden administration and crucial NATO ally, Germany.
  • Berlin has resisted pressure from Washington to pull its support for the project.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken gives a press briefing at the end of a NATO Foreign Ministers' meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2021.

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Germany on Wednesday that companies building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline could face sanctions, as Washington tries to pressure Berlin to pull its support for the controversial Russian-backed energy project.

Blinken, during a press conference at NATO headquarters, said he made clear to German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas that President Joe Biden opposes the project, which would pipe gas directly from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, bypassing U.S. and EU ally Ukraine.