Nord Stream 2 AG confirmed the information that the ships participating in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline are subject to planned provocations. This was reported to RBC by the operator’s press service.
“We confirm the statement made by the director of the Kingisepp branch of Nord Stream 2 AG, Andrey Minin, emphasizing the need to comply with the requirements of maritime safety,” the statement says.
Earlier on April 1, Minin said that the vessels completing the laying of the pipeline are subject to planned and prepared provocations “using fishing vessels, warships, submarines and aircraft.” According to him, the purpose of these actions is to impede the completion of the project.
According to the manager, this is the first such case in history. He said that warships of other countries and flights of the Polish anti-submarine aircraft PZL-Mielec М-28В1 Rbi at low altitude are constantly recorded near the pipelayer and supply vessels of the Nord Stream-2. All this is happening despite the established one and a half mile closed area around the construction site.
The United States, Poland, Ukraine and some other countries view Nord Stream 2 as a threat to Europe’s energy security and oppose its completion. Since the end of 2019, the project and the companies participating in it have been under US sanctions, which have been expanded several times.
Germany is in favor of the completion of the work, which has stated that the FRG will need Russian gas for at least another decade. Berlin has repeatedly called the sanctions interference in the country’s internal affairs. Moscow considers Washington’s actions as an example of unfair competition, with the help of which the United States is trying to free the European market for its own more expensive gas.
On March 31, the Akademik Chersky pipelayer arrived in the construction zone in the territorial waters of Denmark to lay the remaining section of the gas pipeline and connect it to the German section of the pipe.
On April 1, Nord Stream 2 AG announced that it remains to lay about 121 km of the pipeline – 5% of its total length. Earlier, the chairman of the board of directors of Gazprom, Viktor Zubkov, said that the project would be completed in 2021.
Earlier, a video appeared on the network in which Polish ships rammed supply ships building Nord Stream 2, trying to get to the gas pipeline laid.