Washington welcomes the resolution of the European Parliament on Ukraine and the Nord stream — 2 gas pipeline project. This is stated in a statement released on Saturday by the Deputy Head of the press service of the state Department Robert Palladino.
“European Parliament resolution of December 12 reiterates the importance of the role of Ukraine in the European network of energy supply and condemns the construction supported by the Kremlin of the pipeline “Nord stream — 2″ as a political project”, — stated in the message.
The US calls on Germany to listen to the fears of its neighbors, whose security may be undermined by the construction of the pipeline, Palladino said.
This week, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for stopping the construction of Nord stream 2. In the document, the pipeline is called a “political” project. The Russian foreign Ministry criticized these statements. According to the official representative of the Ministry Maria Zakharova, it is “madness” to oppose energy cooperation and diversification of energy supplies.
On Tuesday, the US assistant Secretary of state for energy Francis Fannon said that Washington may impose sanctions against the “Nord stream — 2”. In his opinion, this is not a commercial, but a political project, the purpose of which is to put pressure on European countries.
Nord stream 2 will pass through the territorial or exclusive economic zones of Russia, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Germany. The project involves the construction of two lines of gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The length of the route will be more than 1.2 thousand kilometers. The Russian authorities have repeatedly stressed that the need to build a “Nord stream-2” purely economic