Dec 31, 2020
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Austria hopes for success of Nord Stream 2 despite US sanctions

Vienna hopes for the successful completion of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, despite the sanctions of the United States of America, Russian Ambassador to Austria Dmitry Lyubinsky told reporters.

The Nord Stream 2 project is to link the Russian Federation and Germany with two gas pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year, passing through the Baltic Sea. The United States is actively opposing this project, as it seeks to promote its liquefied gas in Europe. A number of European countries also speak out against Nord Stream 2, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel adheres to a firm position on this matter.

Lyubinsky noted the constructive, independent and consistent position of Vienna in the implementation of the SP-2 with the participation of the country’s leading energy concern OMV, transfers RIA News. The diplomat emphasizes that the project is only of a commercial nature and is intended to ensure uninterrupted fuel supplies to partners in Europe, the consumption of which has only increased in recent years.

Under valid contracts in January-September [2020 года] 8.8 billion cubic meters of gas were supplied to Austria. We believe in the continuation of a half-century success story in Russian-Austrian energy cooperation, – noted the Russian Ambassador to Austria.

One of the European partners of Nord Stream 2, the German concern Uniper, is confident that the construction of the gas pipeline will be completed. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak expressed a similar opinion. According to him, the highway is in a high degree of readiness, the project is being implemented, since Europe is interested in it.

As wrote, the German authorities do not intend to change their position on the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline after the Joe Biden administration came to power in the United States. This was stated by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. He noted that on “central strategic and geopolitical issues” the European country is united with the United States. However, on a number of key topics, positions are still different.

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