US will impose new sanctions when Gazprom attempts to complete the Nord Stream-2


Handelsblatt, Germany's pro-American daily business newspaper, founded in 1946 and working with Dow Jones, has warned its readers that Washington intends to introduce new sanctions (restrictions) against gas pipeline Nord Stream-2. Sources told the publication that this would happen if Moscow decides to complete the pipeline.


It is clarified that the sanctions may cover not only European investors who are directly involved in the implementation of the project, or companies that help construction, as well as those companies and businessmen who will buy gas if it goes through this pipeline. Moreover, the next portion of sanctions may be introduced in February-March 2020.

It should be noted that the Senator from the US Democratic Party, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Ben Cardin has already commented on this information. Cardin is an adversary of Nord Stream 2. However, regarding the sanctions, the senator is “not sure about this”, as he doubts the possibility of their introduction. At the same time, he called the Nord Stream-2 a mistake. Cardin supports those who believe that the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is "the wrong course for democracy."

Russia also commented on the above information. For example, an expert of the National Energy Security Fund (NESF - a private analytical company) Igor Yushkov told the newspaper "Sight"that if Washington introduces a new sanctions package against Nord Stream-2, this will mean that the United States decided to directly economic war with Europe and Russia.

Yushkov emphasized that before that, the Americans did not dare to impose sanctions on PJSC Gazprom, as this would directly hurt the interests of Germany, Austria and several other European countries. After all, these countries are long-standing buyers of Russian gas. So, when the United States introduced the first sanctions against Nord Stream 2019 in December 2, it was clear that they could only touch one company - the Swiss Allseas, which owns the pipe-laying vessels. New sanctions will mean that Americans shut off Europeans' access to Russian gas.

The expert drew attention to the fact that PJSC Gazprom supplies about 200 billion cubic meters to Europe. m of gas per year. This is almost a third of all gas imported by Europeans. At the same time, PJSC Gazprom may lose export revenues of $ 7- $ 11 billion. Therefore, if the United States decides to take this aggressive step towards Europe and Russia, then Washington may have serious complications.

Tracking where the European consumer got the gas from will not be easy. The contract with Gazprom usually prescribes only a gas delivery and acceptance point, for example, in the Austrian Baumgarten hub. Ownership passes from Gazprom to the buyer here. The buyer does not concern gas delivery at all. Therefore, the big question is how Americans will prove that this or that European received this gas from Nord Stream-2.

- explained the expert.

Why will the Americans fine European buyers? It turns out that they, in principle, buy gas from Gazprom. The US will punish Russia as the wrong supplier

- added the expert.

It must be recalled that the specified Baumgarten receives gas from various sources. Therefore, forcing Europeans to buy gas exclusively “from NATO partners” or NATO allies is absolutely not realistic. Therefore, the European Union is unlikely to accept such sanctions, and even from its competitor. So, maybe now the Americans are just probing the soil.
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  1. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 5 February 2020 12: 23
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    With this, the Americans are trying to get Gazprom IM to sell aluminum like Deripaska! To get out of these sanctions and save face, you can’t do without financial losses. And secondly, it is necessary to respond to pressure with pressure - it will not be worse. For example - to join the Donbass to Russia and stop this mouse fuss with the Minsk agreements. But this is my Wishlist. Because my house is RUSSIA. And the government for itself, it seems, has already decided everything?
  2. GRF Offline
    GRF 5 February 2020 12: 24
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    America is turning into a cancerous tumor in Europe. An interesting size is the patience of Europeans in the name of a brighter future for America ...
    1. NordUral Offline
      NordUral (Eugene) 6 February 2020 13: 25
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      She does not need to be transformed, the States from the very beginning of her existence were.
  3. 123 Online
    123 (123) 5 February 2020 12: 49
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    It is clarified that the sanctions may cover not only European investors who are directly involved in the implementation of the project, or companies that help construction, as well as those companies and businessmen who will buy gas if it goes through this pipeline. Moreover, the next portion of sanctions may be introduced in February-March 2020.

    If I’m not mistaken, they promised to complete the pipeline within a year, and the sanctions in February? Apparently, the sanctions on the pipeline itself are indirectly related, they are simply used as an excuse.

    New sanctions will mean that Americans shut off Europeans' access to Russian gas.

    Refusal of access to Russian gas will mean the collapse of European industry, it is very doubtful that the Europeans will go for it. The conclusion suggests itself that this is also just an informational occasion for the introduction of new sanctions.
    The USA is waging an economic war against the EU and no matter what justifies the introduction of new restrictions, a gas pipeline or a "dirty diesel engine", this is just an excuse.

    At the same time, PJSC Gazprom may lose export earnings of $ 7- $ 11 billion.

    And maybe not lose, 50/50. Or maybe the EU, on the contrary, will increase gas purchases from Russia? In general, this is a fortune-telling on coffee grounds.
  4. They call it a "free" market, how come!
  5. Valentine Offline
    Valentine (Valentin) 5 February 2020 18: 11
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    As we started under Gorbachev, "lower and lower and lower ... etc., we will continue to bend .... Or it may be easier to spit on everything, on pride, on honor and conscience, as in the previous presidents, and continue their "business" with "bright" times - lay down under the Yankees, and stand in line for kissing Trump’s pen after Ukraine, saw all military equipment for scrap, sell it and our US lands, anyway the horse didn’t lie there - then we’ll live on this money, swimming in the “European values”, the only trouble is that the people took this away from the people 30 years ago I mean.
  6. GRF Offline
    GRF 6 February 2020 02: 57
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    the Americans will impose ...

    It sounds like a song, especially considering that they have been puffing for years.
  7. Port Offline
    Port 6 February 2020 06: 17
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    The anecdote, however, is # under-hegemonic.
  8. NordUral Offline
    NordUral (Eugene) 6 February 2020 13: 22
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    Yesterday, over tea, I listened to RBC squealing at the banditry of the States, even these liberals got it.
    And for me - so let ALL the routes of oil and gas supplies be blocked, the country itself will be useful to the people. And that there will be no money, it is time for us to understand that when our country becomes independent, it will be able to print money in the people necessary for the development of the country and normal life, and not a few percent of it.
    All that is needed is to return industrial production, return the state control over finances to the state, return export-import operations under state control and something else, like a trifle - the nationalization of the stolen one.
    1. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 6 February 2020 15: 21
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      NordUral
      But is it difficult to print money now? Solves all the problems?
      1. NordUral Offline
        NordUral (Eugene) 10 February 2020 10: 40
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        The point is not to print, but to the helmsmen, Gregory.
    2. Warrior Offline
      Warrior 7 February 2020 01: 40
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      I absolutely support you ... Europeans do not want to buy Russian oil and gas at a good price - so our (Russian) citizens and children will get more, this is our wealth ...
      And all corrupt officials and thieves of past years-to the nail ....
      To return Ukraine and Belarus are Russian lands and the Russian people, otherwise their local Jewish princes with their Jewish riffraff will quickly be sold into slavery, and the Polish opposition in these countries (Bandera and the like) to the Gulag, for work useful to the whole people ...
      It is time for us Russians, to gather our Russian lands and our Russian people, to create a modern, fair and strong Russian state for a long time, so that the capitalists do not destroy us individually.
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  10. kartalovkolya Offline
    kartalovkolya April 27 2020 06: 58
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    That's because "restless", but if you puff up like this and impose sanctions on everyone, you can "impose" them from your own effort into your own pants! Our Lavrov spoke correctly of such ...