- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 25, 2016

Vice President Joseph R. Biden said on Thursday the U.S. opposes a liquefied natural gas pipeline deal involving Russia and several European energy companies.

At a press conference in Sweden, Mr. Biden called the Nord Stream 2 pipeline “a fundamentally bad deal for Europe.”

The pipeline, which will run from the Baltic Sea to Germany, was agreed to last year by Russia’s Gazprom and its European partners.

The U.S. is concerned that the pipeline will threaten the energy security of European Union nations, which already rely heavily on Russia for natural gas.

“Russian gas should be a part of European market, but that market should be open and competitive, everyone has to play by the rules,” Mr. Biden said.

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