US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 ‘Unacceptable’, Austrian Foreign minister says
Moscow. In December, US President Donald Trump signed the National Defence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which, among other things, stipulates sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The US also threatened to sanction any company or individual involved in providing services on the project.
Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg has lashed out at the US over its push for sanctions to be slapped on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.“We reject the extraterritorial effect of the sanctions. This is unacceptable,” Schallenberg pointed out in an interview with the Austrian newspaper Die Presse.
He argued that Nord Stream 2 contributes to the diversification of energy supplies in Europe and does not infringe on the interests of Ukraine.
Schallenberg recalled that Washington does not make any secret of the fact that its criticism of the project is based on economic considerations, told Sputnik.
When asked to comment on US plans to supply its liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the EU, he noted that “Europe has other interests”.
The statement comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday that Russia could complete Nord Stream 2 on its own and that the only issue in this regard was timing.
According to Putin, the gas pipeline will be operational by the end of the first quarter of 2021 at the latest.
Earlier, Swiss-based Allseas Group S.A., which participated in the project's construction, announced that it would suspend its work over fears of being slapped with American economic measures.