19:18 GMT13 April 2021
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    PARIS (Sputnik) - France and Germany have different positions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for carrying Russian gas to Europe and are negotiating in a bid to find a consensus, French Foreign Ministry State Secretary Clement Beaune said on Friday.

    "As the president [Emmanuel Macron] said a year ago, we have concerns regarding this project, as it makes us dependent on Russia", Beaune said to the broadcaster BFMTV, adding that France is discussing the energy project with Germany.
    Work on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline.
    © Photo : Nord Stream 2 / Paul Langrock
    Work on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline.
    "Initially, we have different views, it sometimes happens in Europe. We are making effort to achieve consensus ... in order not to become disconnected", Beaune continued.

    The project has since entered its final stage, with over 95 percent of the pipeline already having been completed.

    However, Nord Stream 2 is still facing immense pressure from the US, as well as from several Eastern European countries, who benefit from Russian gas transit through their territory.

    Washington has been claiming that the project aims to undermine European energy security, while Moscow, Berlin, and the EU in general, consider these efforts to be an instance of unfair competition.

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