German authorities recently gave permission to continue the project, much to the chagrin of the Washington government. The ship in question, the Fortuna, is currently still anchored in the Baltic Sea near Rostock.
Most of the pipeline is already complete, but there is still a lot of wrangling over it. The United States is against the pipeline because it would give Moscow more influence in Western Europe. The US government has repeatedly threatened to sanction companies involved in construction. Future President Joe Biden has also opposed Nord Stream 2 in the past. It is still unclear whether he will push for a compromise on the issue after he takes office on Wednesday.
Many companies are involved in Nord Stream 2, including the oil and gas group Shell. European countries like Poland and Ukraine are also fiercely opposed to the project. On the contrary, the German government declares that the pipeline provides a direct and secure energy supply. With Nord Stream 2, the gas supply capacity from Russia to Germany must be doubled.
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