MOSCOW, February 25 – RIA Novosti. The German government called the refusal of cooperation of a number of German and American enterprises with the Nord Stream 2 project a “decision of the companies.” “This, of course, is always a decision of the companies,” Steffen Seibert, spokesman for the German Cabinet of Ministers, said at a briefing in Berlin.
Earlier, a subsidiary of the largest German group Münchener Rück, which deals with the reinsurance of German and international insurers, withdrew from the contract with Nord Stream 2.
A State Department spokesman said earlier that the new sanctions that the US imposed against Nord Stream 2 after the US Foreign Ministry's report to Congress is “not the end of the story.” “What we filed on Friday is not the end of the story.” he said at a briefing.
He added that if necessary, in order to meet the demands of Congressmen, the US presidential administration is ready to take “additional measures” with respect to the Russian gas pipeline.
“We will accept them without hesitation,” he assured.
The State Department last week presented a report to Congress on countermeasures to the Nord Stream 2 project. After that, the American authorities imposed restrictive measures against the pipe-laying vessel Fortuna, which is capable of completing the construction of the gas pipeline, and its owner, KVT-RUS, under the European Energy Security Act (PEESA), despite the fact that both the vessel and the company were already under sanctions by that time under another law, Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions (CAATSA).
“Nord Stream – 2”
The Russian project involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to the Federal Republic of Germany. In addition, Nord Stream 2 will pass through the territorial or exclusive economic zones of Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
The United States actively opposes the pipeline, promoting its liquefied natural gas to the European Union, as well as Ukraine and a number of Eastern European countries. Washington has repeatedly imposed sanctions to prevent the pipe from being laid, but construction continues.