US stepping up pressure on European and German companies involved in the construction of the pipeline “Nord stream – 2”. On 25 July, reported Die Welt.
According to the newspaper, US officials in the past few days have held two video conferences with contractors to 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: state Department, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of energy. They have stated that they intend to prevent the completion of construction.
In the US, called the threat “very serious.”
“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”.