16:58 GMT16 April 2021
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    BERLIN (Sputnik) - The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) said on Thursday that it dismissed the claim by two German environmental organisations seeking to revoke the permit for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline laying.

    "Following an assessment of the doubts expressed in the protests of the applicants, and a new comprehensive environmental review, the previously issued permit remains valid", BSH said in a statement.

    The statement in defence of the project was issued after earlier in the day operator Nord Stream 2 AG said that 95 percent of the gas pipeline was complete.

    In January, German environmental organisations Deutsche Umwelthilfe and NABU lodged a protest over BSH's decision to extend the permit for Nord Stream 2 pipelaying work.

    Work on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline.
    © Photo : Nord Stream 2 / Paul Langrock
    Work on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline.

    While the pipeline's construction is approaching completion, Nord Stream 2 is still facing pressure from the US, with Washington planning to slap new sanctions on the project in a bid to stop its launch.

    The US has been claiming (since the Trump administration) that Nord Stream 2, a joint project by Russia's Gazprom and EU energy corporations, will undermine European energy security, while Moscow and the EU consider these efforts to be an instance of unfair competition.

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