In Russia, they reacted negatively to the words of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the possible imposition of sanctions against Nord Stream 2.
Earlier, the diplomat said that the companies involved in laying the pipeline should “immediately remove” from the project, otherwise they will have to deal with the “consequences”. He added that this implies the measures provided for by the CAATSA Act (“Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions”). Similar restrictions may also apply to part of Turkish Stream 2.
“Indicator of weakness”
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova regarded the actions of the State Department as political pressure for unfair competition.
In her opinion, it is this such threat that demonstrates the weakness of the American system, which has no other instruments besides forceful methods.
Senator Konstantin Kosachev called Pompeo’s statement political blackmail. He drew attention to the absurdity of the accusations of the American authorities: it turns out that the United States recognizes as enemies more than 120 European enterprises, most of which are from France and Germany, NATO allies.
“But the US decided that it is better than European business and the German authorities to know what Europe needs to ensure its energy security,” he said.
State Duma deputy Leonid Slutsky, in turn, suggested that disrespect for any interests other than his own would sooner or later hit a boomerang in Washington.
State Duma deputy Igor Ananskikh believes that the United States is thus trying to promote the supply of its liquefied natural gas to Europe.
“It is more expensive, less profitable, and European consumers do not need it at all because of the price: gas from the US is more expensive, and, accordingly, the cost of European products will also become more expensive,” RT quotes him.
The politician emphasized that Nord Stream 2 is not a Gazprom project, it involves large European companies, and its goal is to ensure cheap gas supplies to the European market.