OREANDA-NEWS. Europe must work out its own position on the situation with the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, if it does not want to find itself in a position subordinate to the United States, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said. On September 7, US President Donald Trump supported the idea of ​​closing the project in response to the situation with alleged poisoning of the oppositionist Aleksey Navalny.

“As for the statements of American officials, there is no novelty here, they are consistently and systematically fighting against Nord Stream… It seems to us that ultimately Europe should find the strength to declare its national interests if it does not want to be in vassal position,” Grushko told journalists.

The Russian diplomat recalled that Nord Stream 2 is a commercial project. “It should remain outside politics, since it strengthens the energy security of Europe itself, creates a platform for the development of economic interaction, and, of course, we proceed from the assumption that these interests should ultimately prevail,” Grushko explained.