Merkel promises to finish construction of Nord Stream 2

Source : 112 Ukraine

German chancellor underlined that her government considers the American sanctions against companies-partakers of the project to be illegal
13:13, 2 September 2020


Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel confirmed the intention of her government to continue and finish the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which shareholder is Gazprom as RTL reported.

“We also consider illegal these extraterritorial sanctions, in other words, sanctions that go beyond the territory of the U.S.,” the chancellor said.

Related: 24 EU countries support protest note against American sanctions toward Nord Stream 2

At the beginning of August, three U.S. senators filed a letter to German port Sassnitz Mukran in the Baltic Sea with the threats to assume restrictive measures against the members of its board of directors, heads and shareholders.

Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline plays an important role in the economy of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state. The shipment of pipelines takes place in Sassnits port; while the Russian gas should be supplied to the Lubmin municipality, which is situated in the mentioned state.

On July 27, Ukraine and Poland reached a consensus on the harm of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe's energy security and agreed to prevent its establishment.

Related: Why Nord Stream 2 construction might not be completed?

On July 26, Denmark imposed a temporary ban for works on the construction of the gas pipeline in its territorial waters due to the cod pawning.

On July 24, the U.S. Senate upheld the draft defense budget that includes sanctions against the Russian Federation.

Earlier, U.S. Secretary of the State Mike Pompeo warned participants in the Nord Stream 2 project about the opportunity to apply CAATSA law against them. On the other hand, EU top diplomat Josep Borrel stood against this initiative.

Related: Poland fines Russian Gazprom for $57 million due to Nord Stream 2 construction

As we reported earlier, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, opposed the plans of the U.S. to expand extraterritorial sanctions on a number of projects, including Nord Stream 2

On July 13, it was reported that Germany's position on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline remained unchanged - the project had to be completed.


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