The construction of “Nord Stream – 2” (SP-2) will be completed this year, said on Friday, March 26, the head of the board of directors of “Gazprom” Viktor Zubkov.
“The work is actively going on, there are very few left, I think, 90-92%,” he told reporters in Berlin.
Earlier on Friday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken noted that the disagreements between Washington and Berlin over the construction of the SP-2 will not affect bilateral relations in general.
On March 24, Blinken said that the United States had explicitly warned Germany about the sanctions that could be imposed on companies involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2.
On March 19, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that Germany had announced to the US administration that it was rejecting extraterritorial sanctions on Nord Stream 2. He added that Berlin’s position on the gas pipeline remains unchanged.
The day before, it became known that US President Joe Biden was considering the possibility of imposing sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. According to Bloomberg, the administration of the American leader “is considering these options in order to block the construction of the almost completed gas pipeline SP-2.”
Nord Stream 2 is being built from the Russian coast through the Baltic to Germany. The project is opposed by the United States, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas to the European Union, Ukraine, which fears the loss of transit of Russian gas, Poland and the Baltic countries.