U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo arrived in Denmark, where on 22 July in Copenhagen meeting with Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen. Among the topics of discussion was the construction of the pipeline “Nord stream-2”. About it reports “Voice of America”.
The pipeline, which Russia wants to build, will deliver gas to Europe under the Baltic sea. The unfinished section of the pipeline runs through the economic zone of Denmark.
Last week, Pompeo warned companies from helping Russia in the end of the pipeline, worth around $ 11 billion. The Secretary of state considers that the pipeline would strengthen Kremlin control over the energy market in Europe and will punish Ukraine, which is fighting Russian-backed militants in the Donbas.
Danish energy Agency, July 6, was allowed to finish the pipeline “Nord stream – 2” with the help of ships of the new type. During the construction of the pipeline are now permitted to use motorized vehicles not only dynamic, but also with the anchor positioning.
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. The United States believes that the pipeline will increase Europe’s dependence on Russian gas supplies.
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.
Now the construction of the pipeline is frozen, because in December 2019, the United States imposed sanctions against European contractors involved in the project. 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.
The US has announced its intention to extend sanctions against the pipeline – June 30, the U.S. Senate included new restrictive measures in the draft defense budget for fiscal year 2021. The senators have proposed to extend sanctions on firms that have been involved in the construction of the pipeline companies insurance and certification services, as well as services related to the technological upgrading or installing welding equipment.