Nord Stream news from today’s Novorosinform:
Construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has begun in the economic zone of Sweden, local radio station SR reports. The pipeline will go from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
On Sunday, the ship Solitaire began installing pipes that had already been delivered to the port of Karlshamn. Work on the Swedish section of Nord Stream II will be conducted up to the summer of 2019. The port has already taken on 110 people to carry out the construction work, and they plan to take on 30 more.
Recall that on December 20, the US ambassador to Germany called for a halt to the construction of Nord Stream 2.We note, however, that Germany does not intend to yield to the attacks of the United States and will complete the Nord Stream 2 project.
On December 16, the United States called on Germany to listen to the European Parliament and stop the construction of Nord Stream II.
On December 12, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the closure of the Nord Stream II project.
Earlier the US Congress also adopted a resolution against the “Nord Stream-2.” The Ukrainian Embassy in the US boasted of this on their Facebook page: “The House of Representatives of the US Congress unanimously passed a resolution in which it opposed the completion of the construction of the Russian gas pipeline “North Stream 2”
The document, in particular, calls on European governments to abandon Northern Stream 2 and supports the imposition of sanctions against this gas pipeline in accordance with paragraph 232 of the “Anti-American Safeguards Act.”
The resolution also notes that the North Stream 2 is a retrograde step from securing the energy security of Europe and the interests of the United States and urges the US President to use all available tools to support Europe’s energy security through a policy of reducing its dependence on Russian energy sources.”
On December 10, the US State Department proclaimed that Nord Stream II would cut Ukraine off from Europe: “The Turkish Stream and Nord Stream – 2 gas pipelines will increase Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and cut off Ukraine from the EU.” This was announced at a video briefing for journalists by Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis Fannon.
In addition, the US authorities are considering various options to counter the implementation of the project to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. We note, however, that on December 7, Gazprom announced that the construction of Nord Stream II was proceeding on schedule.