Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended a prospective Russia-Germany natural gas pipeline as economically feasible and voiced hope that European Union nations will be able to resist U.S. pressure to thwart the project.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his meeting with Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in the State Hermitage museum in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz take part in the opening of an exhibition ‘Imperial Capitals: St Petersburg – Vienna. Masterpieces of Museum Collections’, a joint project of the State Hermitage Museum and the Vienna Art History Museum, at the State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (Anatoly Maltsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz take part in the opening of an exhibition ‘Imperial Capitals: St Petersburg – Vienna. Masterpieces of Museum Collections’, a joint project of the State Hermitage Museum and the Vienna Art History Museum, at the State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (Anatoly Maltsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz take part in the opening of an exhibition ‘Imperial Capitals: St Petersburg – Vienna. Masterpieces of Museum Collections’, a joint project of the State Hermitage Museum and the Vienna Art History Museum, at the State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (Anatoly Maltsev/Pool Photo via AP)

U.S. officials have warned that Washington could impose sanctions on the undersea Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The U.S. and some EU nations oppose it, warning it would increase Europe’s energy dependence on Russia. The U.S. is also interested in selling more of its liquefied natural gas in Europe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz take part in the opening of an exhibition ‘Imperial Capitals: St Petersburg – Vienna. Masterpieces of Museum Collections’, a joint project of the State Hermitage Museum and the Vienna Art History Museum, at the State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (Anatoly Maltsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaks during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the State Hermitage museum in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)
Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaks during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the State Hermitage museum in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speak during their meeting in the State Hermitage museum in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during his meeting with Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in the State Hermitage museum in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)

Speaking Wednesday after talks with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Putin noted that Bulgaria caved in to pressure and dumped the Russian South Stream pipeline. He added that he hopes that Europe as a whole “won’t look like Bulgaria and won’t demonstrate its weakness and inability to protect its interests.”

Source: The Associated Press

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