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Merkel and Trump may discuss Nord Stream 2

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

BERLIN, April 20. /TASS/. The Nord Stream 2 project can be one of the issues discussed during the negotiations between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump scheduled to be held in Washington on April 27, German Government Spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters at a press briefing on Friday.

"If this issue is discussed, the chancellor will present our stance on the economic aspect of the project and the political conditions in which is being implemented," he said.

Concerning the potential US sanctions against German companies involved in that project, he noted it is too early to talk about that. However, if these restrictive measures affect German companies, "Berlin will clearly outline its stance at all working levels."

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 new pipeline that is expected to connect the Russian resource base with European customers will double the capacity of the first line and will basically follow its route. It will bypass transit countries of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other eastern European and Baltic countries, running through exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of five states - Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.