Nord Stream 2: Pipeline will not move forward if Russia invades Ukraine, says Price

Nord Stream 2: Pipeline will not move forward if Russia invades Ukraine, says Price
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US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Washington 'will work with Germany to ensure' the Nord Steam 2 pipeline 'does not move forward' if Russia invades Ukraine.
Ned Price said he wouldn't 'get into the specifics' in an interview [ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP/Getty-file photo]

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Wednesday the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany will not move forward if Moscow invades Ukraine.

"I want to be very clear: if Russia invades Ukraine one way or another, Nord Stream 2 will not move forward," Price told the NPR broadcaster. "I'm not going to get into the specifics. We will work with Germany to ensure it does not move forward."

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Europe's most divisive energy project, Nord Stream 2 is designed to double the amount of gas flowing from Russia straight to Germany, bypassing traditional transit nation Ukraine, on the bed of the Baltic Sea.

It has faced resistance within the European Union, from the United States as well as Ukraine, on the grounds it increases Europe's energy dependence on Russia and denies Ukraine transit fees, at a time of Moscow's broader standoff with the West.

(Reuters)