"Nord Stream 2 and the second line of Turk Stream are designed to increase Russia's leverage over our allies and partners, and they undermine transatlantic security," Price noted.
He stated that the U.S. will continue to control the construction of the pipeline that, as it is considered, is finished for 90%.
"We will monitor activity to complete or certify the pipeline, and if such activity takes place we will make a determination on the applicability of sanctions," Price said.
The U.S. stated that this project would disrupt the energy security of Europe, making Germany and other U.S. allies overly dependent on supplies of the Russian energy carriers. The pipeline will also bypass Ukraine and deprive it of the transit fees that the country gets for the transportation of the Russian gas to other countries of Europe. The U.S. has imposed sanctions against companies participating in the construction of the project; however, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel continues to support the pipeline.
The new permission is necessary as Swiss-Dutch Allseas Company revoked its special pipe-laying vessels at the end of 2019 under the pressure of the U.S. Russia made a decision to count on its own capacities. Akademik Cherskiy vessel was involved in the works. Besides, Fortuna barge is involved.
Earlier, the European Parliament demanded that construction on the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline be halted. It issued the call in response to Russia arresting opposition figure Alexei Navalny upon his return to Russia. He had been in Germany recovering from an attempted assassination with a military-grade nerve agent.