Russia Blasts New US Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 as ‘Illegal’

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed on Tuesday the new sanctions imposed by the US on entities that worked on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, stressing they’re illegal and threatening to ruin Washington and Moscow’s bilateral attempt to improve communications.

Peskov pointed that the sanctions on Nord Stream 2 are a continuation of Washington’s sanctions language that the US administration is stubbornly refusing to give up despite the fact that it is illegal and wrong and undermines the strenuous attempts to develop the previously lost dialogue.

The new sanctions against Nord Stream 2 were imposed on Monday in an attempt ‘to protect Europe’s ‘energy security and targeted a Russian-affiliated company as well as two Russian vessels.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken informed that the US State Department of “has submitted a report pursuant to the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019 (PEESA)” listing two vessels and one Russia-linked entity, Transadria Ltd., as targets for the sanctions.

While Transadria Ltd. will be sanctioned under PEESA, its vessel, the Marlin, will be identified as blocked property,” while the other vessel, known as Blue Ship, will be cited for its work on the pipeline but not sanctioned because it belongs to a German government-affiliated entity.

They’re the latest in a series of US sanctions that have significantly slowed down the construction and operation of the important pipeline that is now complete but is not yet certified, in which Washington targeted companies involved in the building, maintenance, and insurance of the project.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also criticized the sanctions, promising at the same time that Moscow would respond accordingly and stressing that US-led Western countries  tend to impose politically motivated unilateral restrictions on everything, “with or without any reason.”

Nord Stream 2, once operations begin, will send gas directly from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea, and would also enable Berlin to protect its energy security by making the process less reliant on third parties, thereby lowering the price.

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