Donald Trump has 60 days to sanction companies that are working on the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.
president of the UNITED states, Donald Trump, has approved sanctions against companies working on the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 from Russia to Germany.
It writes the AFP news agency on the night of Friday Danish time.
It happens, after the Congress of the UNITED states earlier in the week approved the sanctions.
the Pipeline is to go past the island of Bornholm, are politically inflamed in both Europe and thus also problematic for the relationship between the UNITED states and Europe.
the Penalties are a part of a larger defense budget, as Trump on Friday signed at an airbase outside Washington D. C.
According to the now signed law is the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline "a tool of coercion and political influence", which will weaken the UNITED states's relationship with Germany and the EU.
the Law gives the Trump 60 days to implement sanctions against companies working on both the North Stream 2 and Turkstream, which is a second gas pipeline carrying Russian gas to Turkey.
The Dutch-swiss company Allseas, which is laying a gas pipeline out of the island of Bornholm, reports that it has decided to suspend the work in order to avoid the sanctions. It writes the news agency Reuters.
It creates doubt as to when the pipeline will be implemented. The project to $ 11 billion, according to Russia be finished in a few months.
In anticipation of the adoption of the defence budget has Allseas suspended its activities in connection with the completion of Nord Stream 2, writes the company in a press release, which Reuters has seen.
Both Russia and Germany have already condemned US plans for sanctions.
Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, has promised "retaliatory"action, writes the news agency dpa.
Europe has asked the US to intervene since, without the construction of the Nord Stream 2. However, the u.s. congress is a big opponent, as the project stands to make the EU more dependent on Russian gas, as well as sending large sums of money to Russia.
Nord Stream 2 will double the Russian gas exports to Germany. The first line - the Nord Stream - which runs in parallel with Nord Stream 2, was inaugurated in 2011.
/ritzau/Updated Date: 21 December 2019, 04:00