Thursday, 13 December, 2018

United States warns sanctions on Nord Stream 2 possible

The logo of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project is seen on a board at the SPIEF 2017 in St. Petersburg Russia United States warns sanctions on Nord Stream 2 possible
Steven Clarke | 18 May, 2018, 12:46

Without trade settlement Europe since June 1, will face USA duties on imported steel and aluminum.

According to sources in the White house and Brussels, trump announced his position on the pipeline at talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel in April.

A senior US diplomat is warning that a planned gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany through the Baltic Sea raises security concerns and risks triggering USA sanctions.

In case of failure to heed the position of Washington, on 1 June against European Union manufacturers will operate the new American tariffs on steel and aluminum.

"Germany hooks up a pipeline into Russian Federation, where Germany is going to be paying billions of dollars for energy into Russian Federation".

In early may of 2018 in Germany started the construction of Nord stream-2, although not all countries have given permission for the construction of this pipeline.

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Poland, Denmark and Ukraine also oppose the project, arguing that it will increase the EU's dependency on Russian gas and Europe should instead focus on diversifying its energy resources.

The $11 billion project is planned to carry 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually 1,230 kilometers under the Baltic Sea from Russian Federation to northern Germany after it becomes operational in early 2020.

The President of the United States Donald trump tried to convince Germany to abandon the project "Nord stream-2".

Oudkirk said the project raises security concerns because it would divert gas flows away from Ukraine, which depends heavily on transit fees, and could become a pathway for Russian Federation to install high-tech monitoring and listening equipment in the Baltic Sea, a sensitive military region.

But he accused Washington of wanting to block the pipeline, built by Russia's state-controlled energy giant Gazprom and a consortium of European energy companies, in order to boost its own shale gas exports.

In the German Lubmin began the construction of a gas receiving station within the project of the pipeline "Nord stream-2".

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