Russia intends to complete the Nord Stream 2 itself
US Energy Secretary Dan Bruyett expressed confidence that Russia will not be able to complete the pipeline on its own.
Gazprom objected to the US confidence in RussiaвЂ™s inability to complete the construction of Nord Stream вЂ” 2. Thus, Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov commented on statements by US Energy Secretary Dan Bruyett with the phrase вЂњnever say never.вЂќ This became known on Sunday, February 16.
It is noted that on the eve the head of the US energy department said that the Russian side could not complete the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline on its own. He was asked whether he believed that Russia could circumvent US sanctions by completing the construction of the gas pipeline on its own.
вЂњThey wonвЂ™t be able to,вЂќ Bloomberg quotes the head of the US Department of Energy. вЂњThey are facing a very long delay because Russia does not have the appropriate technologies. If they develop them, we will see what we can do,вЂќ he added.
вЂњNever say never,вЂќ a Gazprom spokesman told reporters.
Recall, December 20, US President Donald Trump signed a bill on the defense budget for the fiscal year 2020, which provides for sanctions on Russian gas pipelines Nord Stream-2 and Turkish Stream.
After that, foreign contractors stopped construction work. In Russia, they said that they would complete the pipeline on their own, but it would take more time вЂ” at least a year, although Nord Stream-2 was already built at 93.5%. And in February, Gazprom announced that Nord Stream-2 expects to launch before the end of the year.