Contents tagged with Nord Stream

  • Russia to ban entry to US citizens in response to Nord Stream 2 sanctions

    In response to the US’s sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project, which halted pipe-laying operations in the Baltic Sea in a mere day, Russia could expand its list of US citizens who are banned from entering the country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Russian Interfax news agency.

    Unlike the US’s blacklists, Russia’s lists are not public. Thus the people on the list will only find out about it when they try to cross the border, Ryabkov explained.

    “The people who were …

  • Russia hopes for EU assistance with Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said that Moscow hopes that with the support of its European partners, it will be able to settle the situation around the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. Earlier, the construction of the gas pipeline was suspended due to US sanctions against contractors. "We are confident that in cooperation with European countries and the European Union, we will solve this problem and find a compromise," said Kozak on December 25, as quoted by …

  • German media: Former Stasi spy and friend of Putin is head of Nord Stream 2

    Matthias Warnig, CEO of Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of the gas pipeline of the same name, worked as a spy for Stasi, the secret police of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), back in 1974, Der Standart reports.

    With the code name “Arthur”, Warnig from the Düsseldorf GDR trade mission gave East Berlin information about west German companies. According to the article, between 1981 and 1990 Warnig held various posts in the GDR government, including positions in the Ministry of …

  • Kremlin promises to respond to Nord Stream 2 sanctions

    Russia is analyzing the situation surrounding the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Due to the threat of US sanctions, the Swiss company Allseas, which was providing its pipe-laying vessels to Gazprom, recently ceased its involvement in the project, halting progress.

    Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Russia will not fail to respond to Washington’s new wave of anti-Russian sanctions. “Our position is that such sanctions are unacceptable to us,” said Peskov, …

  • Russian Foreign Minister: US sanctions will not stop construction of Nord Stream 2

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that despite the US sanctions, the Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream gas pipelines would be put into operation, reports Interfax news agency. Lavrov also said that Russia plans to respond to the new sanctions from Washington.

    US Congress approved the National Defense Authorization Act on December 17. President Donald Trump signed it on December 21. Following the adoption of the budget by Congress, two Republican US senators,Ted Cruz and Ron Johnson, sent …

  • Swiss Allseas withdraws pipe-laying vessels from Nord Stream 2 construction zone following US sanctions

    The Swiss company Allseas, which has been laying the pipes of Nord Stream 2, has withdrawn its ships from the construction zone in the Baltic Sea. Allseas declined to provide an estimate of how long the construction of Nord Stream 2 would be delayed by. A total of three of Allseas' ships were involved in the laying of the pipeline, including the "Pioneering Spirit" - the world's largest ship for assembling and transporting sea platforms and laying underwater pipelines. On December 21, Gazprom' …

  • Russia condemns US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

    The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that US sanctions against companies that are participating in the construction of the Russ an Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline are aimed at European countries, not Russia.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry claims that the sanctions in the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2020 are aimed at depriving Europe of guaranteed sources of energy supplies from Russia.

    "Moreover, the desire to harm Russian exports is not the only and not even the main thing. To no …

  • Nord Stream 2 contractor suspends work on pipeline as US sanctions take effect

    Swiss pipeline installation and subsea construction company Allseas, which is working on Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, suspended the construction activities, reported the press service of the company.

    Allseas indicated that such a decision was made "in anticipation of the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)," which includes sanctions against the operators of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. "Allseas will proceed, consistent with the legislation's wind down provision and …

  • US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 pipeline come into effect

    US President Donald Trump has signed a package of sanctions, which were previously approved by Congress and the Senate, against companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The bill came into effect. The punitive measures are included in the new US National Defense Authorization Act for 2020, which Trump signed on December 21.

    The bill provides for restrictions against foreign companies providing vessels for the construction of Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream …

  • Merkel speaks against US sanctions on Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke against the sanctions that the United States intends to impose on the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, reports news outlet.

    Merkel said she sees no other solution to this issue than to discuss sanctions.

    "I would like to note that negotiations on a gas contract with Ukraine are continuing," said Merkel.

    The United States is trying to increase pressure on Germany by imposing sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project.

    On December 17, the US …