“Of course, we are very interested in discussing the Nord Stream 2 topic with the new administration in Washington,” he told reporters, quoted by TASS.

Maas added that the United States will hold "consultations at the government level" before the new restrictions on the project come into effect, and Berlin considers this a positive decision.

Earlier, the media reported that the State Department had notified European companies of the risk of sanctions for helping to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed confidence in the implementation of the project. 

In early January, the head of the German Bundestag Energy Committee, Klaus Ernst, said that Germany should not stop at creating an environmental fund that would support the implementation of Nord Stream 2; Berlin should agree on such measures in the EU.