U.S. To Keep Sanctioning Nord Stream 2, As Completion Nears

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U.S. To Keep Sanctioning Nord Stream 2, As Completion Nears

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The United States intends to impose further sanctions against Nord Stream 2 if it turns out that new companies have joined the construction of the pipeline, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

“We will continue to assess the activities around the pipeline that are ongoing in the region. If these activities meet the criteria for imposing sanctions, then there is no doubt that the administration will comply with the requirements of the law,” he said.

Price recalled that reports on restrictions against participants in the construction of Nord Stream 2 must be submitted every 90 days.

Earlier, a group of Republicans in the US House of Representatives expressed concern to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken over the policy of the Joe Biden administration towards Nord Stream 2. They believe that public statements against the implementation of the project are not supported by real actions.

Blinken told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that President Joe Biden thinks the nearly completed pipeline was a “bad idea” and had “been clear on this for some time.”

He added that the United States, which has already placed sanctions on companies involved in building the pipeline, was “making clear that we stand against its completion…and we continue to review other possibilities for sanctions going forward.”

Washington is actively obstructing the construction of Nord Stream 2 due to the promotion of its liquefied natural gas into the EU. Many project participants are on the US sanctions lists, but Russia and Germany continue to lay it.

Biden himself had publicly called the pipeline a “bad deal for Europe,” and a sanctions package on the project is continuing to be work in progress.

The German government and businesses have repeatedly said they will not abandon the Nord Stream 2 project, despite US sanctions.

On March 9th, the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) has received a schedule of laying the string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Nord Stream 2 AG acting as the project operator.

“I can confirm that we have received an updated schedule from the Nord Stream 2 AG company for line A saying the work on this pipeline will commence this month,” head of DEA press service Ture Falbe-Hansen said.

The company was to submit the revised schedule prior to the work start, DEA noted. The authority is not required to approve it.

The pipelay under the project is currently underway in territorial waters of Denmark.

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