SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 17 September 2021, Friday |

Construction of 1200-km gas pipeline to Europe completed: Russia

Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany, the disputed project opposed by Ukraine and the United States, has been completed today, September 10, announced Russia’s state-controlled gas giant.

The construction of Nord Stream 2 was completed on Friday morning, according to Gazprom, which declared so in a statement on the Telegram messaging app, quoting company CEO Alexei Miller.

Nord Stream 2, owned by Gazprom and backed by other European firms, is being built beneath the Baltic Sea, bypassing Poland and Ukraine, which has sparked protests in both countries.

The new pipeline has been regarded by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as a strong geopolitical weapon for Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 following the fall of the former Kremlin-friendly president and has backed a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

Washington has been a vocal opponent of Nord Stream 2, but the Biden administration has chosen not to penalise the German corporation in charge of the project while imposing penalties on Russian companies and ships.

The US and Germany negotiated an agreement in July to allow the completion of Nord Stream 2 without the imposition of US penalties on German firms.

The US and Germany agreed to fight any attempt by Russia to use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political weapon under the parameters of the July 21 agreement.

They also decided to provide financial assistance to Ukraine and Poland in the form of alternative energy and development initiatives.