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Russia can complete Nord Stream 2 within a few months - energy minister

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak arrives at the OPEC headquarters in Vienna, Austria December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/Files

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia can complete construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas project within a few months as it has pipe-laying vessels needed to build the pipeline, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in an interview with Rossiya24 TV channel aired on Friday.

Nord Stream 2 is in the spotlight after U.S. President Donald Trump imposed sanctions last week on the project and a Swiss-Dutch firm involved in laying the pipe suspended work on it.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; writing by Andrey Ostroukh; editing by Jason Neely