The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is a European affair, and the US must not intervene with this initiative, said Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Last week, US President Donald Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes penalties for Nord Stream 2. Allseas’s Swiss company stopped digging the pipes under the pressure of U.S. restrictions.
“If Nord Stream 2 had reached the territories of the U.S. somehow, I would have appreciated the debate of the possible involvement of Washington in these issues. No one has to deal with that, except the nations involved in the project because of geographical and financial aspects, “Zakharova told the Rossiya 24 channel.
Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture between Gazprom and five European companies: France’s Engie, Austria’s OMV, the UK-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell, and Germany’s Uniper and Wintershall. The 745-mile twin pipeline will carry up to 55 billion cubic meters (1,942 trillion cubic feet) of gas annually from Russia to Germany through Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia and Sweden’s territorial waters or exclusive economic zones.
In spite of the US sanctions, the pipeline will be completed before the end of 2020, according to Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak.