Robin Quinnville, Chargé d’affaires of the United States Embassy in Germany, urged Germany and other European countries to suspend the construction of the “North Stream-2” gas pipeline project on the 5th to send a “clear signal” to Russia.
In an interview with the German newspaper Business, “Now is the time to demand a freeze on pipeline construction” and that “it will send a clear signal that Europe will not accept” Russia’s behavior.
The “North Stream-2” project plans to lay natural gas pipelines from Russia through the Baltic Sea floor to Germany and other European countries. After the completion of the project, Russian gas will be transported to Germany without Ukraine, and then to other European countries.
The North Stream-2 project is nearing completion, but European contractors of the project suspended construction at the end of last year due to the obstruction of measures such as sanctions by the United States. However, the construction of this project has recently been authorized by the German government, and construction is scheduled to resume this weekend.
Russia has repeatedly said that the United States obstructed the “North Stream-2” project in order to export more U.S. natural gas to Europe.