The intention of the US to impose new restrictive measures against the gas pipeline “Nord stream – 2” does not change the Kremlin’s plans to complete the construction, this was stated press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, informed “TASS” may 28.
“We believe that such aspirations are nothing but a manifestation of unfair competition and actions that are contrary to international law”, – he stressed.
US ready to impose new sanctions against companies and individualsassociated with the construction of the pipeline “Nord stream – 2”, reported on 26 may, the German newspaper Handelsblatt , the United States Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. According to him, the bill “can be adopted quickly, despite the election campaign” in the United States.
“Nord stream – 2” gas pipeline that will link Russia to Germany under the Baltic sea. The length of the trail is more than 1,200 km, the new pipeline’s capacity will be 55 billion m3 of gas per year. The cost of the project is €9.5 billion, half of it financed by the Russian “Gazprom” and five European companies: Anglo-Dutch Shell, German Wintershall and Uniper, Engie French and Austrian OMV.
The authorities of Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are considered “Nord stream – 2” the threat to Europe’s energy security.
In 2018, Germany, Finland and Sweden were allowed to lay the pipeline through its territory, Denmark gave permission only in 2019. It was expected that the construction of the pipeline will be completed by the end of 2019, but then starting the “Nord stream – 2” is moved to the end of 2020.
In December 2019, the President of the United States Donald trump signed the defense budget for 2020, which envisages the introduction of sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline “Turkish stream” and “Nord stream – 2”. Immediately after that, the Swiss company Allseas has suspended work on the construction of “Nord stream – 2” and withdrew from the Baltic sea and its pipe-laying ships. Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak said that for the completion of the gas pipeline Russia could use the Russian pipe-laying vessel “Akademik Chersky”. It was transferred from the far Eastern port of Nakhodka in the Baltic sea. Now the pipe is in German territorial waters in the port of Mukran.