The US Embassy in Berlin has appealed to the authorities of Germany and the European Union to impose a moratorium on work to complete the construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. This was stated by US Charge d'Affaires in Germany Robin Quinville in an interview with Handelsblatt, published on Saturday, December 5, Deutsche Welle reported.
"A temporary suspension of construction work would be a clear signal that Europe will no longer tolerate Russia's continued malign behavior," said Quinville.
She regarded the Russian pipeline, laid under the Baltic Sea to Germany, as a political "tool of the Kremlin." According to the American ambassador, the Nord Stream 2 project is aimed at "bypassing Ukraine and splitting Europe."
The construction of the Russian gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea should resume on December 5, after a one-year pause due to US sanctions.
In December 2019, the United States imposed sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipelayers, and the Swiss-Dutch company Allseas stopped work on the pipeline.
On July 24, 2020, it was reported that the US Senate approved a draft defense budget with sanctions against the Russian Federation.
On October 20, the United States announced that it would expand sanctions on companies that provide services to ships laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
After Western vessels refused to participate in the project due to the threat of sanctions, Russia decided to use its own pipe-laying ships.
It has recently become known that the State Chancellery of the German federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has found a trick to circumvent US sanctions in order to complete the construction of Nord Stream 2.