The sanctions will affect the vessel Fortuna and the company KVT-Rus, which owns it
The United States has informed European allies of plans to impose sanctions on the Russian pipe-laying ship Fortuna, which is involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the German daily Handelsblatt reported Monday.
According to the newspaper, the U.S. administration told officials in Berlin and other European capitals on Monday that sanctions would take effect on Tuesday under the Countering America’s Adversaries by Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
The sanctions will also affect KWT-Rus, which owns the ship.
“Nord Stream 2 has become a point of contention between Washington and Moscow, as the U.S. insists on the need to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian energy. Work was suspended in December 2019 because of the threat of sanctions from Washington.
A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Berlin told Handelsblatt that Washington will continue to take “all necessary and appropriate steps” to prevent the project from being completed.
“While we do not comment on future sanctions measures, we will continue to exchange ideas with allies and partners on possible sanctions,” he said, adding that the government hopes Germany will reconsider its position on Nord Stream 2.
The State Department has not yet commented.
Gazprom refrained from commenting, and Nord Stream 2 has not yet been contacted.
According to the monitoring resource Refinitiv, the Fortuna is still anchored in the Baltic Sea near the town of Rostock in Northern Germany.