If necessary, the US authorities will not hesitate to take additional measures against the participants in the Nord Stream 2 project. This was stated by the head of the press service of the State Department, Ned Price, reports TASS.
“We will continue to observe, assess, if there are grounds for additional political responses, we will not hesitate to accept them,” Price said.
On February 23, it was reported that at least 18 European companies withdrew from the Nord Stream 2 project due to the threat of US sanctions.
Earlier, Ned Price explained the reason for the US rejection of Nord Stream 2. He stated that the United States opposes the project from a geopolitical point of view. The spokesman for the State Department stressed that the pipeline, if completed, would provide Russia with leverage over the closest US partners in Europe, which worries Washington.
Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, laid along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. It was supposed to be put into operation at the end of 2019, but the completion of construction had to be postponed due to US sanctions. Construction is being hindered in Washington as American liquefied natural gas (LNG) competes with Russian pipeline fuel for the European market.
Currently, Nord Stream 2 is 95 percent complete.