by Svetlana Ekimenko
The US Senate passed a $738 billion defence bill for the 2020 fiscal year on 17 December that includes punitive sanctions against Nord Stream 2 and its European partners, with the Trump administration recently stepping up pressure on Berlin to abandon the pipeline project, arguing it would make Europe energy-dependent on Russia.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reaction to Washington’s looming sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is tantamount to a “clear declaration of war” on US President Donald Trump, writes the German tabloid Bild.
“Merkel will not tolerate the United States continuing to undermine the gas pipeline project, which enjoys her government’s support,” the article says.
At the same time, the publication voices confidence that nothing could undermine the construction of the pipeline at its current stage, and it will soon be successfully completed.