U.S. Senator Jim Risch, a ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and sanctions legislation co-author, said this week’s agreement “was negotiated without the participation and consent of key allies like Ukraine and Poland,

and does not guarantee a single concrete consequence if Russia uses Nord Stream 2 as the geopolitical weapon it is.” In response, the Undersecretary of Statem Victoria Nulandm told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing yesterday: “Germany will take actions at the national level and press for effective measures at the European level, including sanctions, to limit Russian export capabilities in the energy sector.”

Biden will “stand up firmly for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and aspirations,”

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters about next week’s meeting with Putin. In an interview with Axios posted on Sunday, Zelenskiy asked for a meeting with Biden, complaining about Biden’s decision last month to stop trying to block the Nord Stream 2 Russia-Germany Baltic gas line. “This is a weapon, a real weapon…in the hands of the Russian Federation,” Zelenskiy said. “It is not very understandable…that the bullets to this weapon can possibly be provided by such a

Seeing Nord Stream 2 as a serious threat to Naftogaz, Yuriy Vitrenko, the new CEO is shaking up his international strategy team,

 the company has reported. “To find new tools to counter the Nord Stream 2 project,” Vitrenko has hired Myron Wasylyk, former Ukraine director general of PBN Hill + Knowlton Strategies, as an international adviser. An American with Washington experience, Wasylyk has worked for the National Committee of the Republican Party, the State Department, and the US Department of the Environment. To deal with the Rada and government agencies, Vitrenko has Roman Suprun, who has experience in government relations projects.