U.S. may impose sanctions against companies engaged in Nord Stream 2 construction

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Oudkirk told reporters the US Congress had given the president new authority to impose sanctions against a variety of Russian pipeline projects. She has specified that this means that any pipeline construction project in the world could potentially be under sanctions.

The US believes that Moscow will be able to exert greater influence over Berlin as well as cut about $1 billion a year in transit fees paid to Ukraine for piping natural gas to Europe, and that dependence on the pipeline will weaken the impact of western sanctions on Moscow.

In early April, after meeting with the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia at the White House, Trump criticized the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

About it reports the German edition of N-TV with reference to the representatives of the governments of the USA, Germany and the EU.

The Nord Stream 2 project is also raising security concerns and could lead to USA sanctions, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Sandra Oudkirk said Thursday in Berlin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today (10 April) that plans for a controversial second underwater pipeline to bring gas from Russian Federation could not go forward without Ukrainian involvement in overland transit.

Altmaier has said he is optimistic that a "substantial" amount of gas will flow through Ukraine in the future.

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In addition to environmental concerns, it claims the project - run by a consortium led by Russian energy firm Gazprom - "threatens the European Union's energy security, making the EU more dependent on fossil fuels". Up to now Turkey received Russian gas transited via Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria.

America has warned that Moscow could use an $11 billion gas pipeline project between Germany and Russian Federation to spy in the Baltic Sea.

Jens Mueller, a spokesman for Nord Stream 2, dismissed concerns from the US and several European countries, saying the new pipeline would merely be one of many sources of natural gas for Europe.

Denmark is considering passing a law that could block a disputed Russian pipeline project which would run through the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member's territory due to security concerns.

Oudkirk said Washington supported the planned Danish-Polish Baltic Pipe because it would diversify sources and routes.

Gazprom's Western partners are energy companies Uniper, Wintershall, Engie, Austria's OMV and Anglo-Dutch group Shell.