Berlin Says Negotiations with the US Over Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Relief Will ‘Not Be Easy’

Russia’s Fortuna vessel has continued building the 745-mile-long pipeline in German waters, despite significant pressure from the United States, which has recently imposed sanctions on Russian companies and vessels involved in the project.

German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas said on Tuesday that negotiations between Germany and the US on the subject of cancelling Nord Stream 2-related sanctions are expected to be difficult but were underway. There was still an interest in “finding a common path”, the minsiter added.

According to Maas, who spoke to reporters ahead of a meeting with his counterparts from fellow NATO member states in Washington, the talks were intended to find a solution to the issue of Nord Stream 2. Maas said he was all up for dialogue on the matter. 

“I am confident that we will succeed in finding a way, even though it will certainly not be easy and may not happen quickly,” the minister noted.

Nord Stream 2 Lives Despite Sanctions

In May, the United States blacklisted 13 Russian ships involved in the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and three Russian companies linked to the project. Washington’s previous sanctions have prompted Swiss pipelay company Allseas to withdraw from the construction, causing a delay in pipe-laying work. 

The US maintains that the project will strengthen Russia’s hold on Europe and its energy market, but has decided to waive the penalties against the pipeline’s chief executive, Nord Stream 2 AG,…

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