US Warns Of Sanctions Risk To Germany-Russia Gas Pipeline

US Warns Of Sanctions Risk To Germany-Russia Gas Pipeline

US Warns Of Sanctions Risk To Germany-Russia Gas Pipeline

She has specified that this means that any pipeline construction project in the world could potentially be under sanctions.

According to her, the undersea pipeline will allegedly provide Russia with an opportunity to install surveillance equipment beneath the Baltic Sea and may also increase Europe's reliance on Russian natural gas supplies. The two are expected to discuss the pipeline project as well as the USA decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

Earlier, trump had already criticized the construction of the Nord stream-2, saying at a meeting with Baltic leaders that "Germany would pay billions of dollars for energy resources from Russian Federation...and this is bad".

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is projected to deliver 55 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas annually to the European Union across the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing Ukraine.

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The $11 billion Nord Stream 2 project would double the amount of natural gas Russian Federation can funnel to the heart of Europe from newly tapped reserves in Siberia.

Oudkirk said Russian Federation could use the project to place monitoring and listening devices for surveillance under the Baltic Sea, which increases the risk of the pipeline from an intelligence and security point of view.

Washington warned that the project to double the amount of Russian gas exported to Germany could trigger a new set of sanctions.

"The new project would permit new technologies to be placed along the pipeline route, and that is a threat", she said.

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German officials have acknowledged a need to consider the interests of Ukraine.

Merkel sent her economy minister, Peter Altmaier, to Moscow and Kyiv this week to try to secure a deal that would keep some gas flowing through Ukraine, which now earns up to 2 billion euros a year from transit fees.

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