US threat­ens sanc­tions over Rus­sian pipe­line

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The US am­bas­sador to Ger­many has warned of sanc­tions against com­pa­nies linked to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipe­line from Rus­sia, the Amer­i­can em­bassy in Ber­lin said yes­ter­day. A let­ter sent by en­voy Richard Grenell to busi­nesses “re­minds that any com­pany op­er­at­ing in the Rus­sian en­ergy pipe­line sec­tor is in dan­ger un­der US sanc­tions”, an em­bassy spokesman said. The Coun­ter­ing Amer­ica’s Ad­ver­saries Through Sanc­tions Act of 2017 tar­gets Iran, Rus­sia and North Ko­rea. Con­struc­tion has be­gun on Nord Stream 2, which is set to dou­ble the ca­pac­ity of an ex­ist­ing pipe­line across the Baltic Sea. Nord Stream 2 would do away with the need to trans­port nat­u­ral gas to Europe through Ukraine, rob­bing the coun­try of a fac­tor shield­ing it from Rus­sian ag­gres­sion, Mr Grenell said.

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