US Secretary of State Antony Blinken openly called on the EU and Germany to block the project if Russia renews its aggression. He also told Berlin to use certification of the Russian pipeline project as leverage to settle tensions.
He added: “Some may see Nord Stream 2 as leverage that Russia can use against Europe. In fact, it’s leverage for Europe to use against Russia.”
This comes as European gas prices surged above 30 percent this week as continued low supplies from Russia sparked concerns of an energy crisis.
It has now been 17 days in a row that Russian President Vladimir Putin has diverted gas flow to the East through the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which usually brings gas to the West.
Meanwhile, tension with the West has also been escalating over fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine after there were reports of around 100,000 Russian troops piling up at the Russia-Ukraine border.
Even in Germany, where there has previously been hesitation to use the pipeline as leverage, things are changing as the coalition is split over how to deal with Mr Putin.
German Foreign Minister Analena Baerbock went beyond Chancellor Olaf Scholz insistence to treat the pipeline as a private economic project.
She argued that Nord Stream 2 had clear “geopolitical implications” that Berlin had recognized in a joint declaration with Washington.
Ms Baerbock said: “We agreed on this, together with our European partners, that we take effective measures together with our European partners should Russia use energy as a weapon or should it continue its aggressive acts against Ukraine.”