U.S. energy Secretary stressed that if Washington tried to increase its delivery of liquefied natural gas to Europe, he would have made against other energy projects — for example, the TRANS Adriatic pipeline
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The head of the US Department of energy Rick Perry during a press conference said that Washington is not against the implementation of the project “Northern stream-2” in Europe, the correspondent of RBC.
“The theory that we are against the implementation of the “Nord stream-2″ due to the fact that I want to put more LNG [liquefied natural gas] to Europe, incorrect, I’ll explain why. We support the TRANS-Adriatic pipeline that will deliver gas from Azerbaijan via Turkey to Italy. If we were interested in selling our LNG, we would be against this pipeline, but we don’t mind,” he said.
The head of the U.S. Department emphasized that the U.S. wants to see from Russia respect the Minsk agreements. In addition, Washington wants European countries were numerous sources of energy, he added.
Answering the question of whether there is a relationship of sanctions against the “Nord stream-2” with the Minsk agreements, the Minister said that the linkage is with all issues involving Russia to Minsk, the issue of elections, as well as the poisoning of ex-GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK.
“We would like Russia to stick to civilized actions,” concluded Perry.
US Department of energy urged Russia not to influence policy at the expense of oil and gas
Yesterday, 13 September, met the Russian Minister of energy Alexander Novak and Rick Perry. The American Minister during the talks said that the United States hopes to cooperate with Russia, despite existing between the two countries differences. He noted that the United States opposes the construction of “Nord stream-2”.
“We opposed the “Nord stream-2″, which would mean two-thirds of the import of this resource through a single channel and can be a bottleneck or a bottleneck, if something goes not so,” he explained in a conversation with Novak.
Novak responded to statements about U.S. sanctions against the “Nord stream-2”
The Russian Minister, commenting on the statements of his colleagues on sanctions, said that Moscow is concerned about possible sanctions against the “Nord stream-2”. He noted that Russia does not preclude the import of LNG from USA to Europe. Novak added that instead of imposing sanctions he invited Perry to create a joint investment Fund for the development and implementation of energy projects.
The U.S. has repeatedly spoken against the “Nord stream-2” and threatened Russia with new sanctions over it. However, the construction of the pipeline has already begun. The project “Northern stream-2” is two strings of tubing with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year, which will be held on the Baltic sea through the territorial waters of Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Russia.