Expert: U.S. will not put pressure on Russia for energy security

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The United States are unlikely to exert direct pressure on Russia on energy security, but it can become a «byproduct» of the policy pursued by the American President Donald trump, told RIA Novosti senior fellow, Center on global energy Atlantic Council bad Kut.

In his opinion, it is unlikely that Washington would provide «direct pressure on Russia, associated with the energy security» of Europe and Ukraine. «But I think it would be a byproduct that comes from the (politics) of administration of the trump in terms of promotion of export of oil and gas,» — said the expert.

In turn, senior fellow, American Center for strategic and international studies (CSIS) Edward Chow told RIA Novosti that the United States expressed its concern in connection with the promotion of the project «Northern stream-2» the Russian side, however, in his opinion, the mere presence of such concerns is not talking about formed policy on this issue.

Chou believes that the United States will not impose sanctions against «Gazprom». «If we’re serious, then we should discuss it (the introduction of additional sanctions against the energy sector of the Russian Federation), but I don’t think it will happen. Can’t we just say that we are worried about something and not to take any action,» — said the expert.

A senior CSIS officer noted that while he sees «big changes compared to the previous administration.» «I think we need to recognize that the administration is still new, many positions have not been filled. So what I see, at least on this range of issues, this is a continuation of the policy of the previous administration. Whether any revision of policies — it is too early to talk about it. People in the state Department continue the policy of the previous administration, it may subsequently change, but so far it looks that way,» explained Chow.

Researcher of the Fund «open Russia» Ilya Zaslavsky believes that the position of the trump on the «Nord stream-2» «unlikely to change much in comparison with the position of Barack Obama.»

«I think it (the new administration) will remain critical of this project, and the United States will seek European partners to show that it is not in their long term interests to approve this project,» said Zaslavsky RIA Novosti.

The previous US administration have repeatedly expressed their concerns in connection with the project «Northern stream-2», claiming that it is a «bad deal» for Europe.

The project «Northern stream-2» involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. The new pipeline is planned to be build next to the «Nord stream». For the planning, construction and subsequent operation of the new pipeline created by the company Nord Stream AG, 2.

Earlier, the European Commission stated that he sees no legal reason to prevent implementation of the pipeline project «Nord stream-2», despite the fact that he didn’t like her politically.

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