Any company that intend to participate in completing the construction of Russian gas pipeline "Nord stream 2" for natural gas exports to Germany, which fell under US sanctions this month, risk to be fined, said a senior U.S. officials on Sunday.
Based on comments that was received Reuters on the condition of anonymity, American officials refute the idea that granted an extension of 30 days for voluntary completion, will provide companies the time to complete the "Nord stream 2".
"Sanctions will be imposed if companies do not demonstrate good faith efforts", showing that they are scaling down their activities for the construction of the pipeline, said another official, adding that a sense of U.S. sanctions is a complete stop of the project and not delay construction.
the drawdown Period is designed to ensure that companies have had time to sort out the financial agreement and to safely remove the equipment, he said.
At the end of this month, President Donald trump has signed a bill to impose sanctions in respect of the project of the pipeline "Nord stream 2", which is headed by Russian gas company Gazprom. The project aims to transport gas across the Baltic sea to bypass Ukraine and the doubling of the capacity of the existing line.
Company Allseas according to extended the last leg of 100 nautical miles along the coast of Denmark have left the scene of a gas pipeline and stated that it did not intend to continue any work.
"Building Allseas fleet left the Baltic sea and was discharged for preparation for other works," - said in a statement on Monday.
Since the Obama administration, Washington has opposed this project on the grounds that it will strengthen the economic and political power of Russian President Vladimir Putin over Europe.
the administration of the trump touting American liquefied natural gas as "gas freedom" which gives Europe an alternative to Russian supplies. As a result of American pressure in 2019 natural gas exports from the US to the EU grew by more than 60%.
Despite the US sanctions, Russia says that the pipeline will be completed. Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that the pipeline should be launched before the end of 2020, pushing the initial assessment completed in 2019.