(Reuters) – The consortium behind the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline warned on Thursday about safety risks for the project from warships and aircraft, as the link is nearing completion.
The pipeline, which aims to circumvent Ukraine and double the capacity of the current Nord Stream underwater gas connection from Russia to Germany, has been the focus of tensions between Moscow and Washington, which imposed sanctions on the project.
Andrey Minin, a senior official at the Nord Stream 2 AG consortium. , told the news agency Interfax that the project's fleet has been the target of "regular provocations from foreign civilian and military ships."
In e-mail comments to Reuters, Nord Stream 2 AG said it could confirm Minin's statement, which “underlines the need to comply with marine safety requirements.
According to Interfax, Minin said an unidentified submarine had appeared near the pipe-laying vessel Fortuna on March 28 less
He also cited several incidents with other vessels and said that the number of cases of low-flying "foreign aircraft" over Nord Stream 2's vessels increased during the second half of March.
USA. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that it was ultimately up to those who built the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if they were to complete it despite opposition from Washington.
According to Nord Stream 2 AG, the pipeline is 95% complete and approximately 1