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    Calls by Ukraine’s energy company Naftogaz to impose sanctions against all companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 project are based on commercial interests, the project operating company Nord Stream 2 AG spokesman Jens Mueller told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the head of Ukraine’s energy company Naftogaz Andriy Kobolyev told The Wall Street Journal that Russia's Nord Stream 2 project undermined US interests and urged the United States to impose sanctions on all companies participating in the construction of the gas pipeline.

    "In this dispute, commercial interests are hidden behind the tactics of political intimidation. Commercial competition should be based on equal partnership, and not on pushing the Nord Stream 2 toward other rules, different from those which all similar projects complied with," Mueller said.

    Mueller noted that Nord Stream 2 was a competitive contribution to European energy security that also benefited its consumers.

    Last Wednesday, the US Senate voted in favor of new sanctions against Russia over its alleged interference in the US presidential election in 2016. The new package of sanctions included the companies contributing to the construction of Nord Stream 2. The bill is yet to be approved by both the House of Representatives and the administration of US President Donald Trump.

    The decision has already prompted criticism in the European Union, with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern accusing the United States of attempting to squeeze out supplies of Russian natural gas to the European market and promote US liquefied gas supplies, which will undermine European companies. The two officials stressed that the issue of energy supplies to Europe was the European Union's own business and the United States should not interfere.

    The Nord Stream 2 pipeline aims to deliver 55 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas a year to the European Union across the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing Ukraine. Among the participating companies are E.ON, BASF, Wintershall and others. The pipeline's launch is planned for 2018.

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