The United States imposes new sanctions on the controversial German-Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2. The actions target the Cypriot company Transadria, which operates the pipeline and is allegedly linked to Russia, and its ship “Marlin”. The United States State Department said. As a result, eight people or organizations and seventeen ships are now affected by the sanctions. Russia calls for sanctions against international law.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the sanctions are in line with the US government’s continued opposition to the pipeline. It has to bring gas from Russia to Germany. Ukraine is bypassed in this way, which means that the state is also losing money.
Analyst Mitch Jennings of Moscow-based Sova Capital described the new sanctions as not an event, as the pipeline has been completed since September. The pipeline was also filled with gas, but its operation has not yet started. A week ago, German authorities suspended certification procedures for the controversial gas pipeline.
The 1,230-kilometer pipeline is expected to bring 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia to the European Union each year, supplying 26 million homes.
Nord Stream 2 is controversial. Critics believe that this will not only give Russia more power over Europe, but also put countries like Ukraine and Poland under pressure. Existing gas pipelines pass through those countries and receive compensation for the gas transported.
Last summer, Berlin and Washington reached an agreement. This stipulates that Russia will face European sanctions if it uses Nord Stream 2 to apply political pressure on Ukraine.
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