The United States once again warned European companies from participating in the project “Northern stream-2”. Washington insists that the new pipeline is aimed at strengthening Europe’s dependence on Russian gas supplies, said the representative of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin in comments to Deutsche Welle on July 28.
“The United States unequivocally and relentlessly note the danger of this project for joint interests in security in Europe,” he said.
Washington sees in the pipeline “is not a commercial project, and a key tool of the Russian government operation and increasing European dependence on energy supplies from Russia”.
In the American diplomatic mission noted that the United States should negotiate with European partners and industry representatives and will continue these consultations.
“The state opposed to the construction of the gas pipeline, “Express their position louder than before,” – said the representative of the Embassy.
Representatives of the U.S. yesterday held two video conferences with contractorsto emphasize the “far-reaching consequences further participation in the project.” The consultation was attended by 12 representatives of the government of the United States from three ministries: the Department of state, the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of energy.
“Nord stream is 2” to connect Russia with 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, it is financed by the Russian “Gazprom” and five European companies: Anglo-Dutch Shell, German Wintershall and Uniper, Engie French and Austrian OMV.
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.
The pipeline construction was frozen after December 2019, the President of the United States Donald trump signed the defense budget for 2020, which envisages the introduction of sanctions against the 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. At the time of suspension of work remained to lay on the Baltic sea, 160 km of pipes, the publication reported Neftegaz.ru.
23 July 2020, the U.S. Congress approved a draft defense budget with the sanctions against the “Nord stream – 2”.