U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell has resumed sanctions threats against German companies that are participating in the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline across the bottom of the Baltic Sea. FOCUS reported that.
“From the American point of view, the gas pipeline will provide not only gas, but also an increased risk of sanctions,” Grenell said.
He warned that European countries would become dependent on Russia because of the pipeline.
Among the German companies participating in the Nord Stream-2 project are the Uniper energy group and the oil and gas producer Wintershall Dea.
It is not the first time that Grenell has publicly demonstrated the position of the United States regarding the Nord Stream-2. In January, he even sent a letter to a number of German companies, in which he declared "a significant risk of sanctions" in connection with the implementation of the gas pipeline project.
Later, the newspaper Handelsblatt, citing its own sources, noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany regarded this letter as a provocation.
The head of the Christian Democratic Union of Chancellor Angela Merkel - Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in an interview with the German DPA confirmed the party’s position on the Nord Stream 2 project.
“It doesn't matter whether we like it or not - we support this project,” said Kramp-Karrenbauer.
Vice President Mike Pence before the talks in Washington between representatives of 29 NATO member countries reproached Germany for developing the Nord Stream-2 project with Russia.
In addition, US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry during the ministerial inaugural meeting of the Transatlantic Partnership for Energy Cooperation, said that President Donald Trump and his administration strongly oppose the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project.
The pipeline must be ready by the end of the year. Lawyers argue that this pipeline is necessary, since natural gas production in Europe will drop significantly by 2035, but demand will remain almost the same. Critics, however, point out that Nord Stream-2 threatens the EU’s internal market. Several EU countries, as well as the United States, oppose the project.