Germany regrets U.S. new sanctions against Nord Stream 2

Source : 112 Ukraine

German representative stated that Berlin’s opinion toward gas pipeline remains unchanged
13:44, 19 January 2021

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Germany regrets the decision of the U.S. to introduce sanctions against the Russian vessel involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as Reuters reported citing the Economy Ministry of Germany.

“We’re taking note of the announcement with regret,” the Economy Ministry representative said.

He reported to the journalists that the opinion of Berlin toward the pipeline remains unchanged, particularly, that the Nord Stream 2 is the part of the private sector.

Related: Germany approves creation of special foundation to complete Nord Stream 2 bypassing U.S. sanctions

Earlier, it was reported that the U.S. government would impose sanctions against the Russian Fortuna barge that holds work on the completion of the construction of Nord Stream 2 and against the Russian KVT-RUS Company that owns the barge. The U.S. sanctions come into force on January 19 within the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

According to Refinitiv Company, Fortuna is still anchored in the Baltic Sea not far from Rostock in North Germany.

Germany and the European allies accuse Washington of the use of the recently introduced CAATSA sanctions regime for interference in its foreign and energy policy.

Related: Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction postponed

Newly-elect U.S. President Joe Biden stood against Nord Stream 2 earlier. It is unclear whether or not he would compromise on this issue after the inauguration.

However, at the beginning of October, the Danish Energy Agency granted a permit to operate a section of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, subject to a number of conditions ensuring the safe operation of the pipelines.

Earlier, Nord Stream 2 AG Company finished the works on the construction of the part of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the exclusive economic zone of Germany.

Related: Zurich Insurance to drop out of Nord Stream 2 project

Besides, Germany's Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) granted pipeline company Nord Stream 2 AG permission to complete gas pipeline construction

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