The imposition of new sanctions against the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline construction project interferes in German sovereign affairs, German Ambassador to Russia Geza Andreas von Geir said in an interview with News.ru.
“We, Germans and Europeans, can well decide for ourselves how best to ensure our energy security and how to diversify our energy supply. The American bill that you are hinting at involves an increasingly active intervention in our sovereign decisions, and through extraterritorial sanctions. We strongly oppose this, ”the diplomat said.
Earlier, a number of US senators submitted to the US Senate a bill providing for the expansion of sanctions against Nord Stream 2. Senators from the Republican and Democratic Parties propose extending sanctions to any pipe-laying work under the project, ship modernization works, as well as insurance of works and gas pipeline certification services.
As the German ambassador noted, the position of Berlin, which supports the project, will remain unchanged, despite the threat of new sanctions by the United States.
“The new plans of the Americans do not change anything in the position of the German government on the Nord Stream – 2.” Whether further delays in construction will occur will be decided by the companies participating in the project, ”von Geir emphasized.
Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea. It will directly connect the Russian resource base and European consumers.
On December 21, 2019, US President Donald Trump signed the country’s defense budget for 2020, which provides for the imposition of sanctions on the Russian gas pipelines Nord Stream-2 and Turkish Stream. The US Treasury announced the immediate entry into force of sanctions. Shortly before the signing of the document, Allseas, a Swiss company laying pipes for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, announced the suspension of all work due to the threat of sanctions, awaiting clarification from the US authorities.
On December 27 last year, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak announced that the gas pipeline would be launched before the end of 2020. He also said that Nord Stream 2 could be completed with the help of the Akademik Chersky vessel, which belongs to Gazprom.