News ID: 318172
Published: 0303 GMT November 23, 2021

Russia calls further U.S. sanctions linked to Nord Stream 2 'illegal, wrong'

Russia calls further U.S. sanctions linked to Nord Stream 2 'illegal, wrong'

Russia on Tuesday said new sanctions imposed by the United States related to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline were "illegal and wrong," especially at a time when Moscow and Washington are attempting to rebuild a dialogue.

The United States has imposed further sanctions in connection with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday, with the latest sanctions being on a Russia-linked entity, Transadria Ltd., and its vessel, Reuters reported.

Washington opposes the $11 billion pipeline project, which runs under the Baltic Sea to bypass Ukraine and carry gas from Russia's Arctic region to Germany.

The U.S. has unsuccessfully tried to slow or stop the construction of Nord Stream 2, which would carry Russian gas to Germany, fearing the added leverage that the energy project will give Russia in Europe, according to AP.

Russian-controlled gas giant Gazprom owns the pipeline with investment from several European companies. The United States reached a deal with Germany, a key NATO ally, last summer to allow the pipeline’s completion without imposing U.S. sanctions on German interests involved in the project.

Blinken said the Biden administration has now sanctioned eight people and 17 vessels linked to the pipeline.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the country could quickly boost natural gas supplies to the European Union once German regulators allow the new pipeline to start operation. Energy prices have soared in Europe, which imports much of its natural gas from Russia, and led to pain for businesses and households.




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