At present, Washington does not yet have a final decision on whether to impose sanctions on the Russian project for building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany.
This statement was made by the United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in an interview with Kommersant newspaper. However, he did not exclude the possibility of introducing such measures against participants of the Russian gas project. Perry noted that the need for sanctions was due to the issue of a gas transit through the territory of Ukraine. As a second reason, he pointed to a “philosophical question” of a limited number of gas suppliers to Europe.
Earlier, on September 13, speaking at a press conference after a bilateral meeting with the head of the Russian Ministry of Energy Alexander Novak, Rick Perry said that the United States was considering the possibility of imposing new sanctions. According to him, Washington believes that the Nord Stream 2 project makes the energy market of Europe more vulnerable to the influence of Russia.
The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which will run from the coast of Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, has already been launched. At present, the laying of pipes is carried out in Finland and Germany. Despite the fact that most European countries support the project, the USA, the Baltic countries, Poland and Ukraine oppose its implementation.