A firm that operates ships laying parts of a new German-Russian pipeline said it suspends its work following the US on Saturday. President Donald Trump has signed sanctions undermining legislation.
Trump signed on Friday the bill approved by the Senate earlier this week to prosecute individuals and companies involved in laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany in the Baltic Sea.
The USA was an outspoken opponent of the pipeline that is only 1200 kilometers away from natural gas. The US government argues that, along with Eastern European countries that oppose that initiative, it will increase Europe’s energy dependence on Russia.
The Swiss Allseas operator, who operates boats laying parts of a pipeline below the sea, announced in a brief statement on Saturday that Allseas halted Nord Stream 2 pipeline service in anticipation of the implementation of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The business’ expects guidance from the appropriate United States authority that provides the required financial, technological and environmental clarifications,’ he said.
The pipeline is already well advanced in construction, and the impact was not immediately clear. Jens Mueller, a spokesman for Nord Stream 2, claimed in an e-mailed statement that “the completion of the project is necessary for European security of supply.”
Demmer has indicated that United States sanctions are “especially nonsensical,” as Russia and Ukraine have reached an agreement in the coming Ukrainian transit this week.
Ukraine has been one of the countries that are opposed to Nord Stream 2 because it was afraid that the pipeline would be frozen as a gas transit country.
Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear on Wednesday that Germany does not accept represalia for the U.S. sanctions. The Russian president, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dimitski Peskov, said on Wednesdays that he believes Moscow will be finished in the pipeline and called the US to move “immediate violations of international law.” She said, “I see no alternative to conducting talks, although very firm discussions (to show) we do no approval of the practice.