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US does not want its European allies to depend on Russian gas — Pompeo

March 13, 4:23 UTC+3 NEW YORK

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is expected to come into service at the end of 2019

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NEW YORK, March 13. /TASS/. Washington does not want its European allies to be hooked on Russian gas following the construction of th Nord Stream 2 pipeline, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has said.

"We don’t want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the Nord Stream 2 project any more than we ourselves want to depend on Venezuela for our oil supplies," the US top diplomat told the CERA Energy Week’s "Reshaping the Energy Future" conference in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday.

"Our plentiful oil supply allows to help our friends secure diversity for their energy resources," he said, stressing the role of private companies in boosting the US exports of liquefied natural gas to Poland.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is expected to come into service at the end of 2019. The pipeline is set to run from the Russian coast along the Baltic Sea bed to the German shore. Each of the pipeline’s two stretches will have a capacity of 27.5 bln cubic meters. The total cost of the project has been estimated at 9.5 bln euro.

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