Novak called the US action against the "Nord stream – 2" protectionism

Minister of energy of Russia Alexander Novak said that he did not know whether U.S. sanctions to block "North 2", says such acts of protectionism and interference in the Affairs of sovereign countries.

"I don't know, it can block the project or not, I can only Express my opinion that this is, in my opinion, pure protectionism and interference in the Affairs of other sovereign States," said Novak, Bloomberg in response to the question of whether U.S. sanctions block the project "Nord stream 2".

He stressed that this is a commercial project involving European companies for diversification of supply routes, reduce costs and transition to low-carbon raw materials.

"In my opinion, such major business projects ... their construction should be coordinated by third countries," said Novak, noting that the project "Northern stream 2" corresponds to European legislation.

"Nord stream 2" involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. Against the project actively advocate USA, in the EU promoting its liquefied natural gas, and Ukraine, fearing to lose the transit. States in December imposed sanctions against the project, demanding that the companies doing the laying of the pipeline, to stop it immediately. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of work.

At the beginning of June to the U.S. Senate was introduced a new bill on sanctions against the "Nord stream 2". He proposes to impose sanctions against insurers of ships working on the construction of a gas pipeline. The document was supported by five senators from both parties, including the influential Senator from Texas Ted Cruz.