© Photo : Nord Stream 2 / Axel SchmidtU.S. Sanctions in respect of the gas pipeline “Nord stream — 2” will not be able to stop its construction, reports Bloomberg, citing high-ranking sources in the White house.According to interlocutors of the edition, the project is almost complete, and sanctions against the pipeline that were included in the US defence budget will not be able to inflict serious damage.Sources said that now the U.S. will try to focus on countering other Russian energy projects.Earlier, the Senate voted on Tuesday for a defense budget of $ 738 billion, which included sanctions against the pipeline “Nord stream — 2” and military assistance to Ukraine.
The project “Northern stream-2” involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. The pipeline passes through the territorial waters or exclusive economic zones of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.Against the “Nord stream — 2” are the Ukraine, which fears to lose the income from the transit of Russian gas, as well as Poland, Latvia and Lithuania consider political project. The project also criticize the US, is actively promoting its liquefied natural gas on the European market.In support of the pipeline are primarily Germany and Austria who believe that the project will strengthen European energy security. In Berlin and Vienna also pointed out that the reliability of Russia as a supplier.