The US has threatened sanctions to the participants of the “Nord stream – 2”

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The US authorities opposed the project of the pipeline “Nord stream – 2,” said state Department spokesman Heather Nauert. The representative of diplomatic Department has threatened Russia with sanctions against companies working on the construction of the pipeline. Last week a group of senators from the Republican and Democratic parties appealed to President Donald Trump with the requirement to block the pipeline project “Nord stream – 2”.
For Gazprom “Nord stream-2” and “Turkish stream” is critical. Only their implementation will allow the company to get rid of the Ukrainian gas transit. Initially it was thought that subsidies to Kiev is cheaper than a large-scale expenditure on new pipelines. However, after the deterioration of relations between Moscow and Kiev, the Kremlin simply didn’t have a choice. While the Americans, of course, disingenuous, claiming that care about their allies and energy security of Europe. Their task is primarily to obtain new markets for its LNG to increase the export revenue of their companies. This strategy is fully consistent with the new economic lines of Donald trump.
What will be Moscow’s response, hard to say. Don’t forget that one of the main goals of Russia’s military operation in Syria was to prevent the emergence of Qatari gas to Europe and reduce the share of Gazprom on the European market which in the foreseeable future will remain key for the company. European revenue is essential, both for the oil and gas company and still raw Russian budget.
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Alexander Razuvayev,
The Director of analytical Department,
Alpari