The head of the Austrian oil company OMV Rainer Seele said about the need for "political response" to the danger from the United States to impose punishments Against organizations involved in the construction of the gas pipeline "Nord stream - 2," wrote the journal Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
As Seele said, the story is about to what extent Europe will defend its own sovereignty and independence, the most in that part that deals with energy issues.
The U.S. Senate last week was released their own version of the defense budget for fiscal year 2021, which contains a supplementary punishment concerning the " Nord stream - 2 ". At the same time, according to German media reports, Washington has increased the pressure on European companies involved in the construction of the pipeline. According to the newspaper Welt, the United States held video talks with the companies-contractors of the "Nord stream - 2" to "to indicate the far-reaching consequences" for further participation in the project.
While the German authorities periodically reported rejection of extraterritorial punishment relative to the " Nord stream - 2 ".
The project "Northern stream - 2" involves the construction of a gas pipeline with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. It implements 2 Nord Stream AG with the sole shareholder - " Gazprom ". European partners - Royal Dutch Shell, OMV, Engie, Uniper and Wintershall in total the Project is financed by 50%, that is, amounting to 950 million euros each.
Against the project actively supports the USA, promoting the EU's own liquefied natural gas, and Ukraine who fear losing the income from the transit of Russian fuel. States at the beginning of winter imposed a punishment Against the " Nord stream - 2 ", demanding from the organizations immediately stop the construction of a gas pipeline. Swiss Allseas to practice immediately suspended its participation in these works.
Russia has emphasized many times that the Project is commercial and profitable Europe.