“The project has nothing to do with the current political situation,” Putin said.
“The project has nothing to do with the current political situation. Yes, there is much talk about it and in my opinion this is primarily aimed at unfair competition in the European market,” Putin said at a meeting with French business leaders via video link.
During his first trip to Europe since taking office, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken last month peddled the idea that the Nord Stream 2 is “bad for Europe, bad for the United States, ultimately it is in contradiction to the EU’s (European Union’s) own security goals.”
The pipeline is currently around 95 percent complete, and Germany has been steadfast on the completion of the project despite opposition from the United States.