He emphasized that it is not beneficial for the United States to use sanctions to counter Nord Stream 2.

“If they (sanctions. - RT ) are introduced, they will drastically worsen America’s relations with European partners, such companies as Shell. If all of them start to be crushed, then Europe will be unhappy ... I don’t think it is rational for the United States to introduce them, ”the expert added.

Mitrahovich pointed out that even if sanctions were introduced against the gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2 would be launched in any case.

“There is little time left until its completion (Nord Stream - 2. - RT ) implementation ... My forecast is that Nord Stream - 2 will be completed in any case,” the expert added.

Earlier, Hale said that the United States at this stage slowed down the launch of Nord Stream 2, but did not stop its implementation.