The U.S. does not intend to impose sanctions on the Western companies which are involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2 as Trump said at the joint press-conference with Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland, Voice of America reports.
“We think that unfortunately for Germany residents, this country is paying billions and billions of dollars annually for energy supply from Russia,” Trump said.
At the same time, Duda stressed that this project can make Europe dependent on the fuel supply from Russia and increase the risks of Moscow’s political blackmail.
The leaders of the U.S. and Poland added that both of the states will continue coordinating the efforts for “counterwork the energy projects which threaten the common security, such as Nord Stream 2”.
It should be noted that the company is engaged in the construction of the gas pipeline, 100% of shares of which are owned by Gazprom. One of the foreign investors of the pipeline is the Austrian OMV. Earlier, its head said that sanctions against Nord Stream-2 would be an "unfair step."
The construction of Nord Stream-2 was one of the topics discussed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a joint statement to the press before the talks, Merkel said that Ukraine must remain a participant in the process of gas transit to Europe after the launch of the North Stream-2.