MOSCOW, March 20 – RIA Novosti. The Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline will be completed because the project is in the sphere of interests of key economies in Europe, not only in Russia, Alexis Rodzyanko, head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (AmCham), told RIA Novosti.
“I believe that Nord Stream 2 will be completed, as it is not a unilateral initiative of Russia, but the driving force here is the desire of France, Germany and Italy to build this gas pipeline,” he said.
Rodzyanko reminded that even before the last loud statements, the administration of President Joseph Biden made it clear that it was not going to seriously hinder the completion of the project.
“But the Congress has harshly addressed the White House and threatened that it would be better to address this issue. As a result, sanctions have been announced in the field of national security. It seems to me that this is somewhat distracting.” in the form in which it was accepted by the executive branch “, – the interlocutor of agency argues.
At the same time, he did not notice in the sanctions concerning the export connected with national security, essential infringement of interests of business.
“Trade and economic relations between the countries can continue. Interestingly, the new sanctions were imposed strictly in conjunction with the European Union.
In his opinion, this is good rather than bad, because Europe is a deterrent: it is not interested in imposing additional economic sanctions on Russia.
The other day, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken demanded that the companies involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2 stop working, otherwise they risk being sanctioned. German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Berlin was rejecting US extraterritorial sanctions.
The Nord Stream-2 project involves the construction of two strands of gas pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast across the Baltic Sea to Germany.
The project is opposed by the United States, which is actively promoting its liquefied natural gas in the EU, Ukraine and some other European countries. In December 2019, Washington imposed sanctions against “North Stream – 2”, due to which construction was interrupted for a year.
In December 2020, pipe laying resumed. Currently, according to the operator Nord Stream 2 AG, approximately 148 kilometers of the total length of 2460 kilometers remain unset: 120 in the waters of Denmark and 28 in the waters of Germany.