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US Could Introduce Sanctions Against Nord Stream 2 Operators - Reports

© Sputnik / Igor Samoilov / Go to the photo bankThe Castoro Sei pipelay vessel engaged in constructing the second leg of the Nord Stream pipeline.
The Castoro Sei pipelay vessel engaged in constructing the second leg of the Nord Stream pipeline. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Washington may sanction companies participating in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project in the coming weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a number of US officials.

In July, US President Donald Trump said he found it unacceptable that Germany was paying billions for Russian gas and planning to build a new pipeline Nord Stream 2, while the United States had to defend it as a NATO ally, spending much more than Berlin on defense.

A handout by Nord Stream 2 claims to show the first pipes for the Nord Stream 2 project at a plant of OMK, which is one of the three pipe suppliers selected by Nord Stream 2 AG, in Vyksa, Russia, in this undated photo provided to Reuters on March 23, 2017 - Sputnik International
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As the White House officials told the newspaper, a new package of restrictive measures is currently being discussed by the US government as Washington’s attempts to halt construction of Nord Stream 2 have fallen short.

The gas pipeline project is currently on the agenda of the talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture of Russian energy giant Gazprom and France's Engie, Austria’s OMV AG, UK-Denmark’s Royal Dutch Shell, and Germany's Uniper and Wintershall.

The pipeline will run under the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast to a hub in Germany, and have an annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters. The pipeline is expected to be put into operation by the end of 2019.

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