What kind of kompromat does Russia have on Joe Biden? Because had President Donald Trump done the things that Biden has done in regard to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Democrats and media would be screaming to high heaven.
Not only did Biden reverse America’s longstanding opposition to the completion of the pipeline by waiving sanctions on the Russia-controlled company involved, but as I reported a few days ago, the Biden team had been leaning on the Ukrainians and folks in Eastern Europe to keep quiet and not voice their objections to the deal that Biden has worked out with Germany to allow the completion.
Politico reported that they’ve been told by four people “with knowledge of the conversations” that the U.S. has been telling Ukraine to shut up about any opposition, not to go public with it, and not to talk to Congress about their concerns, unless they want to “damage” the relationship they have with the Biden administration.
But to Ukraine’s credit, they’re refusing to shut up, despite the threat by Biden to go along to get along. And Poland is also objecting to the threat that Biden is creating by this deal.
Ukraine has demanded formal talks with Brussels and Berlin on the pipeline, known as Nord Stream 2, invoking a clause of its agreement with the EU on political association and economic integration. Kyiv’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, also sent a joint statement with his counterpart in Poland, saying efforts to allay their concerns “cannot be considered sufficient.”
The Ukrainian-Polish statement says U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to stop opposing the pipeline “has created political, military and energy threat for Ukraine and Central Europe, while increasing Russia’s potential to destabilize the security situation in Europe, perpetuating divisions among NATO and European Union member states.”
Not only is Biden threatening Ukraine and trying to shut them up, but he didn’t even meet with the Ukrainians prior to coming to this deal with Germany. He’s treating Ukraine like they are yesterday’s news while buddying up to Vladimir Putin as Russians cyber attack us. He doesn’t have a meeting planned with Ukraine’s president until August 30, after the deal is expected to be finished by August 19. What’s also special about that date? Congress won’t be in session and the Ukrainian president then can’t register his objections in person with Congress. Just one more piece of evidence that the Biden team is trying to shut down any objections.
Biden is throwing our allies under the bus and endangering the stability of Europe that we’ve tried to ensure since World War II. This gives Russia a foothold we’ve been trying to avoid for decades and Joe just hands it right over. If Trump had done this, we’d already be hearing about impeachment.
The Kyiv Post has an opinion piece calling him “Blinking, wimping Biden” and calling the deal a “disgraceful shambles.” Somehow, I’m not thinking that they think “America is back” with Joe Biden in charge.
But interestingly, even some Democrats are objecting because they know how bad this is. So why is this being allowed?
The Congressional Ukraine Caucus strongly urges the White House to reschedule its meeting with President Zelenskiy when Congress is in session. Congress stands by our friend and ally Ukraine and opposes Nord Stream 2. pic.twitter.com/AHf6AqU6dJ
— Marcy Kaptur (@RepMarcyKaptur) July 22, 2021
I remain opposed to the Nordstream 2 pipeline, which will negatively impact the security of Ukraine & Europe. I still believe it should be stopped. The agreement with Germany may mitigate some of these challenges posed by NS2, but it falls short. https://t.co/mjdSldJLQM
— Senate Foreign Relations Committee (@SFRCdems) July 22, 2021