Die Welt: 24 EU Countries Protest to the US over its Plans against Nord Stream 2
Representatives of 24 EU countries expressed their protest to the United States in connection with new sanctions planned by Washington against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, German newspaper Welt reported on Thursday.
This is a « note of protest » that the European delegation – it is not specified at what level – expressed to the State Department during a videoconference. The names of the three non-aligned countries have not been named.
« We can confirm that on August 12, a demarche on the US sanctions policy took place (via videoconference) during a meeting of the EU delegation with the US Foreign Ministry. 24 member countries took part in the demarche in the form of a videoconference, » source in European diplomatic circles said.
In terms of content, the protest note echoes the July 17 statement of the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell, in which he said that the EU is deeply concerned about the increased frequency of use or threat of use of US sanctions against European companies, including projects Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream.
The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of a gas pipeline with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. It is being implemented by Nord Stream 2 AG with the sole shareholder: Russian Gazprom. European partners – Royal Dutch Shell, OMV, Engie, Uniper and Wintershall – are financing the project by 50% in total, that is, up to €950 million each.