As RIA Novosti reports, on January 27, Nuland, responding to a remark by journalist Matt Lee, joked that it would be nice if vodka, not gas, flowed from Russia to the West through the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

According to Peskov, "at least some attempts to joke" are already "positive" in this situation.

“Let them joke rather than escalate tension in Europe,” the Kremlin spokesman said.

Earlier, Nuland said that in the event of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline would be stopped.

In December 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russian troops were deployed on the territory of the country and did not threaten anyone.

The Kremlin emphasized that Russia was not going to attack anyone.