Maas commented on U.S. sanctions against Nord Stream 2

Germany rejects any attempts of external forces to influence the German energy policy, it is defined in Europe and not in the U.S., said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, commenting on the U.S. sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project.


“European energy policy is defined in Europe, not in the United States. We fundamentally reject external attacks and extraterritorial sanctions”, –  said the minister, whose words were distributed by the Foreign Ministry’s press service.

U.S. House and Senate Armed Affairs Committees have agreed on a defence budget for 2020. The budget once again includes funds for “countering Russia” in various areas. In particular, the agreed draft law provides for sanctions for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream gas pipelines. Now the document should be signed by the US President.

The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. It is planned to be completed in 2019. The pipeline will run through the territorial waters or the exclusive economic zones of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

The opposition to Nord Stream 2 is actively voiced by Ukraine, which is afraid of losing revenues from the transit of Russian gas, and by a number of European countries, including Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as the United States, which are promoting their liquefied natural gas to the EU. They call the project political and threatening to the energy security of Europe. The Russian side has repeatedly stated that the Nord Stream 2 project is absolutely commercial and competitive, and pointed out that it does not imply stopping the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine to the EU.

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