Jake Sullivan Claims Nord Stream 2 Pipeline ‘Not Leverage for Putin’

Jake Sullivan Claims Nord Stream 2 Pipeline 'Not Leverage for Putin'

President Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan briefed reporters Tuesday afternoon following the president’s virtual meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As Sullivan explained, President Biden apparently “reiterated U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity [and] told President Putin directly that if Russia further invades Ukraine, the United States and our European allies would respond with strong economic measures.”

Sullivan claimed that Biden was “direct and straightforward with President Putin, as he always is,” which ignores the fact that it was Biden who reduced U.S. sanctions on a Russian pipeline project that gave Putin even more power within Europe by allowing Putin greater ability to manipulate energy supplies in order to punish or reward behavior.

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