Russia: US sanctions on “Nord Stream 2” harm Washington’s allies

Russia said on Thursday that US sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline hurt not it, but Washington’s allies.

On Tuesday, Russia criticized the new US sanctions against the “Nord Stream 2” pipeline, saying they were illegal and wrong.

This came after the US State Department announced, in a statement on Monday imposing sanctions on two Russian ships and a company linked to Russia due to their relationship with the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project, according to a report submitted by the US State Department to Congress to impose sanctions .

As a result, the US administration fined 8 people and designated 17 of their ships as prohibited property under the Energy Security Protection Act.

The United States opposes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which supplies Russian gas to Europe via Germany.

The pipeline of the project, in capable of transporting 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year, it extends over 2,200 kilometers under the waters of the Baltic Sea, the same route as the Nord Stream 1 project, entered in service in 2012.

The project, managed by the Russian giant “Gazprom” and valued at over 10 billion euros, is jointly financed by 5 European energy sector groups (OMV, ENGIE, Wintershall DIA, Uniper and Shell).

The president of the United States had given up on obstructing the project, considering that it was too late and that it was better to focus on an alliance with Germany to guarantee collaboration with it on other issues.

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