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U.S. Ambassador threatens German companies with sanctions due to Nord Stream 2 project

U.S. Ambassador threatens German companies with sanctions due to Nord Stream 2 project

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German companies building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline received a letter from the US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, warning of "a significant risk of sanctions," reports DW.
“We reiterate that firms participating in the Russian energy export sector are engaged in a significant risk of sanctions. Ultimately, firms supporting the construction of Nord Stream 2 and the Turkish Stream actively undermine the security of Ukraine and Europe, "the letter says.
The US ambassador noted that "the gas pipeline has serious geopolitical consequences for our European allies and partners."
"These partners share our concern over Russia's increasingly aggressive behavior, especially Moscow’s use of energy resources as political and economic levers," the letter says.
We recall that the North Stream - 2 is actively opposed by Ukraine, Poland, the Baltic countries and the United States. They call on the authorities of the European Union to block this project, stating that this is a “gas needle”, which increases the dependence of Europeans on energy supplies from the Russian Federation.
In the event of the launch of two gas pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year, Ukraine will lose $ 2-3 billion in revenue from the transit of blue fuel through its gas transmission system, which is almost 3% of GDP. Commissioning of the Nord Stream - 2, the cost of which is estimated at 9.5 billion euros, is scheduled for the end of 2019.
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