Nord Stream 2: Germany unhappy with new US sanctions

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The German government on Sunday said it had “noted with regret” US plans to expand sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. “New sanctions would constitute a serious interference in European energy security and EU sovereignty,” a statement by the Foreign Ministry said. On Thursday, US senators approved Nord Stream 2 sanctions, saying the pipeline will increase Russia’s economic and political influence in Germany and other European countries. The Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Clarification Act follows legislation signed by President Donald Trump last year, which prompted Swiss-Dutch company Allseas to stop undersea work, delaying the project. Led by state-run Gazprom, two Russia-owned pipe-laying vessels may now finish the remaining 100 miles (160 kilometers) of the project.