Sen. Cruz: Weakness in Afghanistan Withdrawal and Biden’s Green Light to Nord Stream 2 Russia-Germany Gas Pipeline Enabled Russian Invasion of Ukraine

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Senator Ted Cruz on March 8, 2022 at the Senate Hearing on Russia sanctions amid the new ban on Russian oil blasted President Biden for the Russia-Ukraine invasion that sparked the war. The Texas senator said the withdrawal in Afghanistan gave the green light for Putin to invade Ukraine. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Nord Stream 2 is a natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany that runs through the Baltic Sea, and was completed in September 2021. However, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stopped the Nord Stream 2 approval process on February 22, 2022 when Russia recognized the two separatist-held regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics in eastern Ukraine on February 21, 2022.

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) scorched President Biden and the Biden administration on Fox News Sunday for their disastrous foreign policy failures, and most catastrophically waiving Nord Stream 2 sanctions, giving Vladimir Putin the ability to circumvent Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, and enabling a Russian invasion:

In a morning interview with host Bill Hemmer on Fox News, Senator Cruz stated:

“Europe is on the verge of war because of the weakness, the fecklessness of Joe Biden. You know, I heard a minute ago Admiral Kirby make reference to that the Biden administration—and he said ‘We are still digesting what happened back in August.’ Joe Biden’s surrender and disastrous retreat from Afghanistan is the worst military catastrophe for the United States in decades, and the consequences -— at the time I said as a result of this incredible weakness, all of our enemies across the globe are looking to Washington, they are taking the measure of the man in the Oval Office. And as a result, as I said back in August, the chances of Russia invading Ukraine had just risen tenfold. The chances of China invading Taiwan had just risen tenfold. We are seeing the first of those two shoes dropping today because of Biden’s weakness, but it’s even worse than that.

“We had in place bipartisan policies to prevent what is happening right now. Specifically, in 2019, I introduced legislation, targeted sanctions directed at the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Nord Stream 2 is the pipeline that Putin is building from Russia to Germany. The reason he’s building the pipeline is that it skips Ukraine. It goes right around Ukraine. Why? Because the real insurance that Ukraine had against invasion is that Putin has to take his energy, his natural gas, in pipelines that go through Ukraine. Once he builds Nord Stream 2, he no longer has to worry about those pipelines. In 2019, I authored sanctions, bipartisan sanctions, in Congress. They passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. President Trump signed my sanctions legislation into law, and Putin stopped building the pipeline the day President Trump signed those sanctions. That pipeline was dead for over a year until Joe Biden became president and Putin began building that pipeline again on January 24th, 2021 -—four days after Biden was sworn into office.

“Why? Because he knew what was going to happen, which was that Joe Biden formally waived sanctions on Russia, on Putin, and gave the green light to build Nord Stream 2. That is why we have over 100,000 troops and Russian tanks on the border of Ukraine preparing to invade. That’s where we are —- on the brink of war in Europe.



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