The United States will impose sanctions on the Russian pipeline and its owner KVD-RUS, which is involved in the construction of the controversial North Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. The Americans informed the German government about this. The exact nature of the sentence has not been released.
Angered by the Washington government, German authorities recently allowed the project to proceed. The ship in question, the Fortuna, is currently anchored in the Baltic Sea near Rostock.
Most of the pipeline is already over, but there is still a lot of controversy about it. The United States is opposed to the pipeline because it will give Moscow more influence in Western Europe. The U.S. government has repeatedly threatened to grant permission to companies participating in construction. Incumbent President Joe Biden has also opposed Nord Stream 2 in the past. It is not yet clear whether he will push for a compromise on the issue after taking office on Wednesday.
Several companies are involved in Nord Stream 2, including the oil and gas group Shell. European countries such as Poland and Ukraine are also strongly opposed to the plan. In contrast, the German government claims that the gas pipeline connection provides a direct and secure energy supply. With Nord Stream 2, the capacity for gas supply from Russia to Germany will double.