Nord Stream 2’s technical director has said the construction of the project has not been affected by US opposition.
Sergey Serdyukov, technical director of the project being led by Russian state-owned firm Gazprom, said construction is due to start in July as planned, despite claims from the US that the pipeline would undermine the security of Europe’s energy mix.
Earlier this year, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki reached out to the US to impose sanctions on the proposed pipeline, which Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State, described as a threat to Europe’s energy security.
Locals have already filed 160 objections to the new pipeline, which would follow the existing Nord Stream link into the area. Further afield, several European countries worried that the project will deepen the continent’s reliance on supplies from an increasingly antagonistic Russia, have also registered objections.
Alexander Medvedev, CEO of Gazprom, said: “In the long term, Europe needs new volumes of imported gas from reliable suppliers, and the Nord Stream project will become that lifebuoy.”