the House of representatives of the U.S. Congress tightened sanctions against the “Nord stream-2” (SP-2). Resigned to the fact that the new Russian gas pipeline to Europe will still be completed, the Americans decided to prevent future maintenance of the plant and threatened the partners of Russia disconnecting from lending or ban on insurance. It is already clear that due to inactivity SP-2, our country will be not able to repay 5 billion euros invested in creating a new gas route.
the Amendment to strengthen sanctions against SP-2, approved by the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress, was known in advance. The restrictions are primarily directed at companies that will provide services to Russian export pipeline. Sanctions may be subject to international firms, not only to participate in the laying of pipes, but also providing insurance-related activities the construction of the pipe.
According to the leading expert of the national energy security Fund Igor Yushkov, Washington is actually going to take on the fear of foreign partners “Gazprom” on SP-2. To complete the construction of the pipeline left to pave less than 150 km. a distance pipelaying able to pass for a couple of months. As much again will be required to enter a pipe in normal mode. The American sanctions can be subjected to the companies that are going to insure and upgrade vessels engaged in pipeline operation. A significant section of the route passes through German territory. To ensure its stable operation, including compliance with environmental standards after the start of operation of the pipeline will be borne by the German contractors. “The ban on the service pipe, as well as the possible misunderstandings that due to us sanctions can be linked with the issuance of various permits, can slow down the launch of the pipeline,” said Yushkov.
the creation of such force majeure, according to the head of analytical Department AMarkets Artem Deev, now hopes Washington. The United States has repeatedly expressed concern that Russia is using hydrocarbons will have increasing influence on the policy of European States. SP-2 will be one of the main competing routes for the supply of American liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the EU market. If to prevent him from completing the impossible, the US is now waiting for the final stage of the project, trying to prevent the introduction of the gas pipeline system. As a result of the idle tubes Russian monopoly will not be able to “recapture” of about 5 billion euros that were invested in the construction of the SP-2, and Europe with a significant drop in demand for energy will be satisfied with the transit of “blue fuel” through Ukraine, or point and non-permanent supplies of American LNG.
Washington was unable to completely kill the Russian pipeline, but to strangle the development of oil and gas supplies from Russia to the EU, the US has turned. The new sanctions, which at first glance do not threaten significant damage to SP-2, can in the future contribute to an aggressive campaign to export American gas to the markets of the Old world with the displacement of one of the Russian competitor. This strategic goal, according to the respondents “MK” experts, and pursue restrictive measures Washington.