17 Jun 2019 10:50

Russian Security Council sees no legal grounds to halt Nord Stream 2

MOSCOW. June 17 (Interfax) - The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project fully complies with international law and there are no grounds to halt it, Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Alexander Venediktov said.

"There are simply no legal grounds to suspend or cancel the project. It fully complies with international maritime and environmental law, the Third Energy Package, with Finnish, Swedish, Danish and German law," Venediktov said in an interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

"The project's enemies know this perfectly well and are resorting to means outside the legal framework, unlawful means aimed not just against the Russian pipeline but also that jeopardize the international economy," he said.

Bloomberg, citing U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, said earlier that the U.S. administration was planning to impose sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 project. While speaking in Kiev, Perry also said that the United States might soon prepare a draft bill envisaging restrictions with respect to Nord Stream 2, Bloomberg said.