“Attempts to put spokes in the wheels at the stage of putting it into operation and during its operation are illegal.

We proceed from the assumption that the new gas pipeline will be operated in accordance with the current legal norms, "RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.

Pankin stressed that the politicization of this issue is dangerous and negatively affects the development of economic cooperation.

“We are confident that restrictive measures practiced by the United States, including as an instrument of unfair competition (advantages for the supply of American LNG to Europe), will not stop the construction of Nord Stream 2,” he added.

Earlier, the operator of Nord Stream 2 announced the provocations of warships and aircraft in the area of ​​the gas pipeline.

In late March, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned Germany about continued pressure on Nord Stream 2.