The Kremlin rejects US criticism of “Nord Stream 2” gas pipeline

Russia has rejected American criticism of the “Nord Stream 2” gas pipeline, saying that Washington should concern itself with its own energy security and not that of Europe.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the controversial project, which is supposed to transport 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia to Germany annually, “has absolutely nothing to do with the energy supply of the United States”.

He said, “This project is related to energy security in the European continent,” according to Russian TASS news agency.

European Union officials say the pipeline will make Europe highly dependent on Russian energy supplies.

On the other hand, supporters of the gas pipeline have long accused the United States of undermining the project to increase its LNG sales in Europe.

Critics have also called for a halt to “Nord Stream 2” due to Russia’s recent treatment of imprisoned dissident Alexei Navalny.

Andrey Kobolev, head of Ukraine-owned Naftogaz, wrote on Facebook Thursday that if the pipeline goes into operation, Ukraine will be more vulnerable to “Russian aggression”.

“As long as Ukraine is an important gas transit country for Germany, Italy and France, the Ukrainian gas transportation system is part of our defense system,” he wrote.