FRANKFURT, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Wintershall Dea, one
of five western partners in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
project led by Russia's Gazprom, rejects sanctions
planned by the United States to discourage its completion, chief
executive Mario Mehren said on Wednesday.
"We firmly believe that Nord Stream 2 will be completed and
loans will be repaid as it is a project that is needed by
Europe," he said in a phone call with Reuters after presenting
"We have seen that the project has been brought into a
broader geopolitical framework that is threatening a number of
industries and parties involved. We reject these as does the
German government and the European Commission and a number of
European countries," he added.
(Reporting by Vera Eckert; editing by Thomas Seythal)