Russia today lashed out at the U.S. for sanctioning companies working on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will deliver large amounts of Russian natural gas to Germany and the EU. The Kremlin press office described the new sanctions as ‘unacceptable’.
“The situation is being analyzed. We proceed from the understanding that such sanctions are unacceptable to us…We do hope, of course, that such steps will not impede successful implementation of this important project,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“In any case, such steps [sanctions] will not remain without retaliation,” he said. “How this will be done and when is rather a matter of Russia’s national interests. When it suits the national interests best.”
Pipeline construction in the Baltic Sea was halted by the Allseas company after sanctions were implemented by the U.S. Treasury.
The Trump administration sees the Nord Stream and Turk Stream projects as making NATO members more dependent on Russian energy, which is a security risk.
“The situation is being analyzed. Completing the pipeline’s construction is the main target,” he said when asked if the contractor commissioned to lay the pipeline could be replaced.
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