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Russia accuses US of 'aggression' over Nord Stream 2 comments

Opponents of the pipeline, including the US, Poland and Ukraine, say it will give Russia an economic stranglehold over Germany, while the German government says it will create a direct and secure energy supply.
04 December 2020, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Sassnitz-Mukran: Pipes of the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline are seen stored on the premises of the Mukran Port near Sassnitz. The Mukran Port on Ruegen Island is considered the most important transhipment point for the construction of the pipeline. Photo: Stefan Sauer/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa
Pipes of the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline stored on the premises of the Mukran Port near Sassnitz. Photo: Stefan Sauer/dpa.

Russia has accused the United States of illegal and aggressive behaviour regarding comments made about the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, which will link Russia to Germany.

Comments calling for a halt to the pipeline by a US diplomat were a "political aggression and illegal resistance" against the pipeline, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Sakharova wrote on Facebook late on Saturday.

The US chargee d'affaires in Germany, Robin Quinville, told the newspaper Handelsblatt on Saturday: "Now is the time for Germany and the EU to call for a moratorium for the pipeline's construction."

Sakharova charged the US has been trying for decades to undermine Russian pipelines despite existing treaties, and called on Washington to stick to international rules.

Construction at the pipeline in the Baltic Sea was halted at the end of last year due to the US threatening sanctions, though Russia vowed to continue the constructions itself.

Construction authorized

Russian construction ships were seen on radar on Sunday near the German-Danish border, where building works for a 2.6-kilometre stretch of the pipeline are planned.

German authorities have authorized construction until the end of the year.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is nearly complete. It would double Russian deliveries of natural gas via a Baltic Sea route to Germany, Europe's largest economy.

Opponents of the pipeline, including the US, Poland and Ukraine, say it will give Russia an economic stranglehold over Germany, while the German government says it will create a direct and secure energy supply.

Russia accuses US of 'aggression' over Nord Stream 2 comments
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