The New York Post reports that a lobbyist allegedly linked to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project donated money to the campaign of Joe Biden, then the Democratic presidential candidate, ahead of the 2020 US presidential election.
The New York newspaper quotes information from the US Federal Election Commission, which shows that in October last year, former US diplomat Richard Bart set aside $ 4,000 for the needs of Biden’s election headquarters. In addition, in March 2020 he sent $ 10,000 to a political board that supported the Democratic nominee.
According to the New York Post, Bart represents the interests of companies that are Gazprom’s partners in Nord Stream. Among them are the German Uniper and Wintershall, the Austrian OMV, the French Engie and the Anglo-Dutch Shell. The documents, which Bart submitted to OMV, state that his lobbying activities are aimed at “protecting and furthering the interests of companies in the natural gas debate as an element of European energy security and the issue of sanctions against Russia.”
“When Richard Bart donated to the Biden Victory Fund, he did not find out that he was a registered foreign agent and therefore had no right to provide funds,” a representative of the American Democratic National Committee (NCDP) told the New York Post. He assures that Bart went through the selection process of donors because he did not reveal his employers.
The KNDP also reported that the money received from Bart had been returned this week.
Bart served as US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs from 1983 to 1985. From 1985 to 1989 he was US Ambassador to Germany. He was also the head of the US delegation in the negotiations with the USSR on the development of the Strategic Offensive Arms Reduction Treaty (START). According to reporters, Bart “is currently directly involved in lobbying activities for Nord Stream 2 AG” (the project company implementing the Nord Stream 2 project).
He was also reportedly an adviser to former US President Donald Trump’s campaign staff on foreign policy issues.
The paper recalls a statement by US President Joe Biden last week – that the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is almost complete and that imposing sanctions on the project would be counterproductive to US relations with Europe.
The pipeline was 95 per cent completed in early April.