The Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has told a US Congressional committee Monday that Nord Stream 2 is a “fait accompli.”

Referring to worries that this Ukraine bypass pipeline will free Russia to attack Ukraine, Blinken told the House Foreign Affairs Committee: “We have agreements in place, upfront, to come back on any activities by Russia that are challenging the security or economic security of any of those countries.” Russian officials say the $11 billion; 1,230 km pipeline is 95% complete and will be ready to carry gas this fall.

Ukraine’s Internal Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov predicted Saturday that after the launch of Nord Stream 2 Russia could sabotage the pipeline to justify stopping gas transit across Ukraine.

Avakov told reporters: “We expect that there will be provocations, attempted terrorist attacks on our section of the gas pipeline. And then they will say: ‘Look, you see, that is why we transport it through Nord Stream 2.’” Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba arrives in Berlin today for two days of talks with German officials.