Forbes explained the futility of sanctions against the "Nord stream — 2"
Sanctions pressure from the US is unlikely to stop the project "Northern stream — 2", whose construction is "well advanced". This opinion on the pages of Forbes magazine expressed by columnist Kenneth Raposa.
The journalist noted that in recent years the us Congress once again has developed the vigorous activity associated with the economic restrictions against the pipeline. So, in early June, the U.S. Senate introduced a bill to impose sanctions against companies that provide services of underwriting insurance and reinsurance for vessels working on the pipeline. And this week members of Congress introduced the consideration of the house of representatives a new project — again against the construction of the highway.
Writes Raposa, the next sanctions against the "Nord stream — 2", will be a new round of energy wars between Moscow and Washington.
Thus the journalist has noticed that the U.S. laws against the pipeline "with delight" attitude in Kiev, which fears to lose the income from the transit of Russian natural gas.
"According to some experts, the loss of transit revenues will be about 10% of Ukraine's GDP, which is not characterized by rapid growth", — stated in the material.
"Naftogaz of Ukraine" sees a serious problem highway that is directed around the country, he said.
As Raposa suggests, Congress will likely adopt the proposed bills.
"Russian energy giant will not like it. Angela Merkel might like it even less," he says.
The author emphasizes that the new sanctions are unlikely to prevent the "Nord stream — 2", which is almost complete.
The project "Northern stream — 2" involves the construction of two lines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. Against it actively advocated in the United States, the European Union promotes in its liquefied natural gas, as well as Ukraine and several European countries.
Washington in December imposed sanctions against the "Nord stream — 2 and demanded from companies, the leading strip, to immediately stop the construction. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of work.