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Biden Canceled Keystone Pipeline but Will Waive Sanctions on Company in Charge of Russian Pipeline

President Joe Biden notoriously stopped the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline back in January, but his administration is making it easier for one of the United States’ most prominent adversaries to finish one in Europe.

An Axios report discovered that the State Department plans to waive sanctions for Nord Stream 2 and its CEO Matthias Warnig, who is a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is already 95 percent complete, and is intended to be an easy way for Russian gasoline to be transported to Germany.

While sanctions are being lifted on the company, the ships used to help finish the project will be sanctioned.

Originally, there was serious concern about the pipeline, as it would give Russia significant control over Europe’s energy supply.

“I am determined to do whatever we can to prevent that completion, the last hundred yards, I very much agree,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during his confirmation hearing in January.