Russia is confident of completion of Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline
Moscow, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) 95 percent of the Nord Stream 2 underwater gas pipeline, stretching from Russia to Germany, is already built and its assembly will continue despite existing obstacles, the Rossiya 1 television channel reported.
'We are confident that despite the destructive approaches we are seeing from the United States in delaying the implementation of this project, it will be completed,' Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told the television network.
The Nord Stream 2 is expected to move up to 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia to Germany each year, passing through the territorial waters or exclusive economic zones of Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia and Sweden.
The United States, interested in selling to Europe liquefied natural gas from its shale deposits, and several countries in the region such as Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, have protested against the project to be brought to an end this year.
Washington imposed sanctions on contractors working on laying pipes in 2019, forcing the Allseas Swiss company to abandon the works, the Sputnik news agency reported.
The US Senate approved the Defense budget for 2021 in January, which includes sanctions against companies responsible for providing insurance services and the necessary certifications for the conclusion of Nord Stream.
According to reports, the laying of pipes in Danish waters was resumed this month and the installation should be completed by the end of April.
Around 120 kilometers of tubes remain to be laid in Danish waters and almost 30 kilometers in German waters, before reaching the northern German coastal city of Lubmin.
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