Germany resumes building disputed Nord Stream 2 pipeline

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Germany has restarted last stages of construction of the pipeline, intended to deliver Russian natural gas to Germany. The move dismisses US vows to impose sanctions on parties involved in the construction, AP reported quoting DPA.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood by her support for the gas pipeline despite Russia’s treatment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny case and the threat of US sanctions. Merkel said her government’s position on Nord Stream 2 is separate from tensions with the Kremlin over Navalny, who recovered in Germany from a poisoning with a nerve agent last summer that he blamed on the Kremlin. He was arrested on his return to Russia in January. Russia denies any involvement and has tried to question if there even was a poisoning, even though it was found by several European labs.

The Nord Stream 2 project, which would bring Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea, has drawn major criticism from the United States, some other European countries and environmental groups.

Washington says the project would make Europe more dependent on Russian gas and hurt European energy security. The Kremlin has responded by accusing the US government of trying to promote sales of its own liquefied natural gas. The project is close to completion.

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