Washington stressed that the pipeline undermines energy security of Europe and brings benefits to the Kremlin
On Wednesday, Washington reiterated a warning to foreign firms involved in the construction of Russian gas pipeline “Nord stream 2” in Germany, that they are at risk of sanctions, and stressed that Moscow is using the project to separate Europe.
“We have made clear, understood that firms operating in the Russian sector of export supplies of energy, do business that risks being under sanctions. We believe that this pipeline will undermine energy security and stability in Europe, giving Russia another tool of political coercion of the European countries, especially Ukraine. Russia understands that the project divides Europe and uses this to their advantage”, – said the Agency Reuters, the press Secretary of the U.S. Department of state.
In the construction of “Nord stream 2” invested five Western firms from Germany, France, Britain and the Netherlands.
We will remind, the President of the United States Donald trump has accused Germany that it became a “captive” of Russia because of its energy dependence and support for the plan of doubling the bandwidth of the Nord Stream pipeline under the Baltic sea to Germany, bypassing traditional routes through Ukraine.
In January 2018, Nord Stream AG 2, which is the main operator of the pipeline, said that Germany allowed the construction of the pipeline “Nord stream-2”.