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Lavrov: Nord Stream-2 project not in interests of U.S.

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the statements U.S. President Donald Trump made about the Nord Stream-2 project are indicative of Washington’s intention to make the EU finance the construction of the expensive infrastructure for the supplies of LNG.

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Speaking in an interview with Slovakia’s Pravda newspaper, the Russian top diplomat reiterated that Nord Stream-2 is a purely commercial project.

"It implies promotion of American economic and energy interests in Europe, in particular, making the EU countries finance the construction of an expensive infrastructure and start buying liquefied natural gas from the U.S., which is 30-40% more expensive than the pipeline gas from Russia. It is up to Europeans to decide which option they like more," he noted.

"The implementation of the project is aimed at diversification of gas supply routes and removal of transit risks. Ultimately, it is aimed at meeting the growing demand of European economies for energy resources, strengthening energy security of the entire European continent," Lavrov stressed.

"By the way, it is also to increase the level of positive economic interdependence of Russia and the EU, which underlie mutually beneficial relations and stability on the European continent," TASS cited the minister as saying.

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