US Warns Russian-German Gas Pipeline Risks Triggering Sanctions

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Even if Berlin suspends the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project, it does not mean that this would be beneficial for the US, German Energy Minister Peter Altmaier said. She explained the United States position as follows: the construction of the gas pipeline will strengthen Europe's dependence on the Russian natural gas.

Sandra Oudkirk, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy, said in Berlin she would meet German officials to voice Washington's concerns about the subsea project.

The American administration is openly provoking the institutional functioning of the European Union and the free will of each member country, as pressure from Donald Trump is exacerbating Germany to abandon the plan to complete the second leg of the Nord Stream pipeline, which will boost exports of natural gas gas from Russian Federation to Europe. "We would be delighted if the project did not take place".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to discuss the gas pipeline project and its possible impact on the region with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday.

A consortium of western companies and Russia's Gazprom that is due to build the controversial subsea Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany said on Tuesday it was starting preparatory work in the Greifswald bay off Germany's Baltic coast.

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"The new project would permit new technologies to be placed along the pipeline route and that is a threat".

"Does he agree that there appears to be no economic justification for this, but it is instead a political project created to increase European dependence on Russian gas and to weaken Ukraine and will he press that point on our allies, particularly Germany and Denmark?"

"This pipeline can't be used to blackmail or negatively affect any country", he said.

Merkel sent her economy minister, Peter Altmaier, to Moscow and Kyiv this week to try to secure a deal that would keep some gas flowing through Ukraine, which now earns up to 2 billion euros a year from transit fees. "But shale gas is much more expensive than Russian gas, so lock the Nord stream-2 itself does not guarantee exports", said Altmaier.

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