BERLIN, may 17. /TASS/. USA do not rule out sanctions against companies participating in the project “Northern stream – 2”, and would have been happy if he hadn’t been implemented. This was stated on Thursday in Berlin, Deputy head of Department of the Department of state energy policy Sandra Odekirk.
“We would be delighted if this project was not implemented”, – quotes its words of the German publication Spiegel Online. Oudkerk expressed the view that the implementation of the project will benefit both Ukraine and Europe.
State Department spokesman pointed out that last year the United States created the conditions for the imposition of sanctions against companies involved in pipeline construction. At the same time, she stressed that the United States will try to convince its European partners through diplomatic channels in the need to implement this project. Oudkerk also doubts that Russia will be able to give Kiev guarantees of transit through Ukrainian territory.
“Nord stream – 2” project expansion of the existing gas pipeline “Nord stream”, linking Russia and Germany under the Baltic sea bypassing transit countries: Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries. The pipeline generally follows the route of the “Nord stream” will pass through the exclusive economic zone and territorial waters of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Its length will exceed 1.2 thousand km and a throughput capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year.