The company laying pipes for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany says it's halted work. The subcontractor, Allseas, says the move was in response to US sanctions.
The US says its sanctions will prevent Russia from finishing the controversial Baltic gas pipeline, whose endpoint lies in Germany. The resolution of the dispute may carry geopolitical implications.
Russia's energy minister says despite US sanctions, Moscow will proceed to finish the Baltic Sea pipeline. Germany is dependent on imports for 92% of its gas needs; Washington wants a slice of the lucrative supply trade.
Russia has slammed US sanctions over the mammoth gas pipeline to Germany as illegal and an example of "unfair competition." The measures, which still need Donald Trump's approval, target firms involved in the project.
Washington pushes ahead with sanctions against the gas pipeline, claiming it strengthens Russia's grip on EU energy markets. In Germany the move is condemned as an "unfriendly act" to promote US commercial interests.
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