Media: Biden’s administration wanted to cancel the sanctions amendment on Nord Stream 2
Such attempts, writes Foreign Policy, sparked anger among Republicans in Congress.The Senate has four amendments to sanction Nord Stream 2 / Photo: REUTERS
Joe Biden’s administration allegedly tried to reverse the sanctions amendment to launch the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline .
Foreign Policy reports .
The publication writes that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his aides called the offices of senators last week, urging them to cancel the sanctions amendment, which imposes fines on a number of organizations involved in Nord Stream 2.
Thus, the Biden administration allegedly tried to avoid imposing sanctions on German companies.
Such attempts, writes Foreign Policy, sparked anger among Republicans in Congress.
The US House of Representatives has already approved a version of the defense financing bill, including provisions for further sanctions on the pipeline project.
According to recent Republican tally, there are four amendments in the Senate that provide for sanctions against Nord Stream 2.
One of the newspaper’s interlocutors called the administration’s arguments “perplexing”: the senators were convinced that it was important not to alienate Germany, which would be a vital US ally in supporting Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion.
Republican Mike Rogers of the Armed Services Committee accused the Biden administration of “pressure tactics behind the scenes.”
The situation on the border of the Russian Federation and Ukraine
On November 11, Bloomberg published an article discussing the risks of a full-scale Russian attack on Ukraine. The agency noted that in the circles of American and European diplomats, they are seriously worried about the current movement of Russian troops towards the Ukrainian border.
Moscow itself denies this , calling the autumn redeployment of troops a “show of force.”
In early November, information began to appear in the Western media with reference to satellite imagery data about the active movement of the Russian military to the border with Ukraine.
At the same time, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine denied this information.
This is the second likely wave of aggravation on the Russian-Ukrainian border since March 2021. However, according to Bloomberg, so far the concentration of Russian troops takes place mainly at night, while in the spring the Kremlin openly threatened to attack, putting political pressure on Ukraine, the EU and the United States.
Russian (Ukrainian) Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that the threat of a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine by Russia does exist, but Kiev (Kyiv) is doing the necessary work to prevent such a scenario from being realized.