Novak: Nord Stream 2 to be completed thanks to EU support

Novak: Nord Stream 2 to be completed thanks to EU support

U.S. sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline are blatant protectionism aimed at advancing its liquefied natural gas on the European market, but the EU countries understand this and support the project, and thanks to this it will be completed, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said.

"Certainly, this is blatant protectionism. The key idea why our colleagues from overseas are opposing Nord Stream 2 is linked first of all to the need to promote their own product, their LNG," the minister told RBC TV.

"This tool is absolutely uncompetitive. Everyone understands this, including the countries that are interested in fulfilling the [Nord Stream 2] project, the European countries and companies. They support the project and I’m sure that given this support it will be implemented," Novak noted.

The Danish Maritime Authority earlier said that construction will begin in January on the stretch in Danish waters of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

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