In the middle of this week, the American newspaper Politico reported that the White House is studying the possibility of appointing a special envoy for the Nord Stream 2 negotiations, with the task of closing them.
In this regard, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the intention of the US authorities “eloquently demonstrated their interference in the internal affairs and economic interests of other countries.”
On this occasion, gas purchase is the main topic in the Council on Relations between the European Union, Russia and the United States.
With the decrease in natural gas production and the end of the use of coal, the need to import natural gas in Europe is increasing, a demand that can be met through Nord Stream 2.
If that happens, it would put an end to U.S. hopes of selling LNG from its shale fields to European Union member states.
So the White House’s move is clear. In recent days, the head of the State Department, Anthony Blinken, called on all entities involved in the gas pipeline to withdraw “immediately” or face sanctions from Washington.
Peskov explained this week that Russia’s partner countries in construction so far are “completely consistent in their intentions to finalize and launch this project.”
Executives said the gas pipeline was already 95 percent built and could be completed in September. However, the pressure on its construction continues: Nord Stream 2 AG, in charge of the work, denounced the provocative actions by warships and civilians in the pipeline area a week ago.
With the support of a consortium of companies from Russia, Germany, Austria, France and the Netherlands, Nord Stream 2 operates two pipelines below the bottom of the Baltic Sea that will transport 55 billion cubic meters of Russian gas annually to Germany.
The project doubles the capacity of the existing gas pipeline, allows diversification of Russian gas supply routes to Europe and will ensure energy security in the ancient continent.
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