“I think this is hypocrisy because the United States has recently increased oil imports from Russia.

I have not heard that they are somehow limited, ”Ernst said in an interview with RBC.

He also noted that the situation around the gas pipeline could still change.

“It has not been completely stopped.

This indicates the suspension of certification, and without certification, the gas pipeline cannot be launched,” Ernst concluded.

Earlier, German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock announced the freezing of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

US President Joe Biden said that the US administration is working with Germany to ensure that after Russia recognizes the independence of the DPR and LPR, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is not launched.

The Kremlin regrets the decision of Germany to suspend the certification of Nord Stream 2.