MOSCOW, February 19 – RIA Novosti. The US will not include German companies in the list of sanctions against Nord Stream 2, Bloomberg reports citing informed sources.
A report on the new restrictions may be submitted to Congress on Friday. The new list only mentions a small number of Russian-related organizations.
According to the agency, in this way, the Joe Biden administration seeks to stop the implementation of the project and at the same time avoid confrontation with a close European ally.
According to sources, the administration of former American leader Donald Trump was preparing to impose sanctions on the German participants in the project, but did not manage to do so. Among the candidates for the list is the executive director of Nord Stream 2 AG Matthias Warnig.
Nord Stream 2 envisages the construction of two strings of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas to the EU, as well as Ukraine and several European countries.
In December 2019, Washington imposed sanctions on the pipeline. Russia has repeatedly stated that this project is commercial and beneficial to Europe. Berlin is in favor of completing the pipeline and rejects unilateral US extraterritorial sanctions.