Washington has threatened sanctions against companies involved in the construction of the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline.
“Get out immediately or there will be consequences,” State Department chief Mike Pompeo said at a news conference.
The diplomat explained that these are measures provided for by the CAATSA law (“On countering America’s adversaries through sanctions”). Today, the State Department updated its public recommendations on the document’s operation, including “Nord stream-2” and part of “Turkish stream 2.”
Pompeo called the threat of sanctions a “clear signal” to companies involved in “malicious Russian influence projects.”
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova considered the threats from Washington “an indicator of the weakness of the American system.”
“This is the use of political pressure for the unscrupulous competition. < … > in Addition to power techniques, there are no effective tools,” she said.
At the end of last year, the US authorities adopted a defense budget that provides for the introduction of restrictions against organizations involved in the implementation of the” Nord stream-2.” After that, Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of gas pipeline construction.
Recently, Copenhagen issued an updated construction permit for “Nord stream-2.” This means that the barge “Fortuna” can be used when laying pipes. Last week the ship entered the waters of Denmark. At the same time, the work will not begin until August, when the appeal period for this decision ends.
“Nord stream-2” involves the construction of two strands of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which promotes its liquefied natural gas to Europe, as well as Ukraine and several European countries.
Moscow has repeatedly stressed that “Nord stream-2” is exclusively economic and meets European interests. Also, Zakharova previously criticized the sanctions against participants of the energy project, calling them a new round of Russophobia.