Russia says it has a special ship with which the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline can be laid. The sanctions of America have already delayed construction.
President Vladimir Putin wants the construction of the pipeline to continue through the deployment of the ship. The Swiss-Dutch company Allseas, which laid the pipeline with the help of two ships, suspended work to prevent American sanctions.
In 2016, the Russian energy giant Gazprom bought a special pipe laying vessel called Academic Cherskiy that could be used as a last resort when European companies stopped working on Nord Stream 2.