US cranks up pressure on Europe over Russia pipeline projects: Report | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US cranks up pressure on Europe over Russia pipeline projects: Report

Risking a further escalation of tensions, the United States is increasing pressure on European contractors to drop out of Nord Stream 2 - a major Russian pipeline project that would transport gas to Europe under the Baltic Sea, according to a report.

In recent days, a dozen US officials from the Department of State, the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Energy have held video conferences with European contractors to underline their concern about the energy project, the German Die Welt newspaper reported on Saturday.

The officials signaled that they want to stop the completion of the $11.7 billion project, threatening representatives of the European companies with “far-reaching consequences” if they continue cooperating with it, the paper said.

On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for the next fiscal year, which would expand sanctions against Nord Stream 2 and Turk Stream, another Russian pipeline project running oil pipelines through Europe to Turkey.

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