Completing the 1st channel of Nord Stream 2 is not linked to the lifting of US sanctions – Kremlin – Business & Economy
ST. PETERSBURG, June 4. / TASS /. The completion of the operation to lay the first branch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is not linked to the US decision to lift sanctions against this project, the Kremlin spokesman told reporters on Friday. , Dmitri Peskov, on the edge of the St. Lawrence River. St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
“No, this is not the result of the waiver,” he said.
When asked if the project might have problems at the certification and assurance stage, the Kremlin spokesman said:
“It can be anything.”
Nord Stream 2 is a project to extend the existing Nord Stream gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany to the bottom of the Baltic Sea, bypassing the transit states of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other countries of Eastern Europe and the Baltics.
From the start of construction, Ukraine saw the project as a threat to its interests and demanded that work be stopped. Even the signing of a new five-year contract with Kiev for the transit of Russian gas to Europe at the end of 2019 has not changed the situation.
Despite repeated claims by project participants that there are purely economic reasons behind its implementation, the United States announced sanctions and construction was suspended in December 2019.
Later, the laying of pipes was resumed, but now by the Russian Federation itself. The laying was carried out by two domestic pipelaying vessels – Akademik Chersky and Fortuna.
At the end of May, US President Joe Biden admitted that construction of Nord Stream 2 is nearing completion and that the introduction of additional sanctions against the project would be counterproductive for US relations with Europe.
On Friday, during the plenary session of SPIEF, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the operation of laying the first chain of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was successfully completed and that the second chain would be ready in 1.5 to 2 months .