The Kremlin: the new US sanctions against the “Nord Stream” gas pipeline are illegal and wrong

On Tuesday, Russia criticized new US sanctions against the illegal and wrong Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

This came after the US State Department announced, in a statement yesterday, the imposition of sanctions against 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.

Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, criticized the sanctions, stating: Washington’s attempts to continue dialogue with Moscow through sanctions are unacceptable and violate international law, citing the Russian agency “TASS”.

The ambassador stressed that “dialogue through sanctions is unacceptable and contrary to international law. We consider all attempts to hinder Russian oil and gas exports to Europe as unfair competition that undermines free market principles”.

He continued: “Furthermore, we categorically reject accusations against us about Russia’s energy policy. Such statements by the US State Department show the United States’ disrespect for its allies who are willing to build long-term cooperation. and mutually beneficial with our country in practice that we do it Trusted partner in the field of energy. “

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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